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Sage announces agreement to acquire Fairsail

Sage’s acquisition of Fairsail adds cloud people & Human Capital Management (HCM) to payroll, accounting and payments solutions for mid-sized businesses

06 March 2017

The Sage Group plc ("Sage") the UK’s largest tech company today announces an agreement to acquire Fairsail, the UK’s fastest growing tech scale-up and the global cloud HCM and people management system for mid-sized businesses. Currently a minority shareholder, the acquisition will see Sage take full ownership of Fairsail, building on the success of a shared product, Sage People, launched last year.

Fairsail is an end-to-end HCM and people solution that addresses workforce management challenges of mid-sized organizations and meets the needs of increasingly mobile and global companies.  Fairsail has been successfully deployed within Sage, and is used by leading businesses including Aveva, Armstrong, Paddy Power Betfair, Klarna, Skyscanner, Trainline, Trustpilot and Quest Software. Sage People extends Fairsail’s functionality to include payroll, and form part of Sage’s golden triangle vision, offering customers a single cloud solution to manage people & payroll, payments and accounting.

Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage says: “We have been unequivocal about giving growing and ambitious businesses a real-time, frictionless way to manage their entire businesses in the cloud, to create an environment of ‘invisible admin’. Building on our successful partnership with Fairsail, this acquisition will accelerate our people offering, ensuring our customers can manage people, their most precious asset, with visibility of the rest of their business. This integrates everything from talent acquisition to people analytics in one online system – helping businesses in recruiting, engaging and retaining top talent.” 

The acquisition will build on Sage’s existing partnership with Salesforce.  Fairsail is the leading HCM and people solution on the Salesforce App Cloud and is one of the top global ISVs in their partner ecosystem. 

The combined portfolio provides attractive growth opportunities, particularly through new customer acquisition internationally, and cross-sell to the combined customer base.  Fairsail has grown from being a £1m to a £10m ($12.5M) revenue business over the past three years, gaining over 140,000 users in businesses headquartered in over 20 countries during that time. 

Adam Hale, CEO, Fairsail says: “Our ambition is to be the global leader for HCM and people solutions in the mid-market. The combination of Fairsail with Sage turbocharges that goal. Sage People provides customers with full visibility of their people, increases HCM productivity and delivers great workforce experiences, improving engagement and enabling people to do their best work.”