A payroll and workforce management software firm which caters for more than 300 customers has been bought by the Access Group.

Based in Manchester and Sheffield, Selima provides services to the likes of Hawksmoor, Young's Brewery and Academies Enterprise Trust, as well as several local authorities.

Managing director Wayne Blakemore will remain at the firm.

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He said: "I am confident the Access Group is the perfect home for the products, customers and employees of Selima. It will help take what we have achieved with Selima in the last five years to the next level.”

It is hoped the deal will boost Access’ portfolio for the UK academy schools sector to include specialist HR and payroll.

Chief executive Chris Bayne added: "The addition of Selima to the Access Group greatly increases the value we deliver to our customers and expands what we can deliver in a new industry sector of Retail and Hospitality.

“There is strong alignment in our cultures with the Selima team and the way we do business.

"The Selima deal is our second significant acquisition in 2017, which supports Access' focused go to market strategy and accelerated growth plans."