AccountancyManager (AM) has announced that it is joining the Bright Software Group (Bright), provider of the BrightPay payroll product, which is recognised for providing award-winning software to SMEs and accounting firms across the UK and Ireland.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFollowing the move, James Byrne, co-founder of AM, will continue as a shareholder in the combined group and remain involved with the business as an advisor to the combined board.\u00a0\r\n\r\nKevin McCallum, CEO of AM, will become chief operating officer of the new, combined group as well as continuing to manage AM, working closely with Bright CEO, Paul Byrne.\u00a0\r\n\r\nJames Byrne, co-founder and chair of AccountancyManager, said: \u201cAccountancyManager recently celebrated its fifth birthday, and I\u2019m incredibly proud of everything we\u2019ve achieved in this time, for our team but equally importantly for our customers.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cAs we go forward with the full support of Bright, I\u2019m excited for the future of AccountancyManager, the additional capabilities and solutions we\u2019ll be able to offer, and the genuinely positive impact we will be able to make.\u201d\r\n\r\nPaul Byrne, CEO of Bright, added: \u201cI have been very impressed with the product offering and the reputation of AccountancyManager, and I am delighted that they are joining forces with us.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cOur respective businesses share the same philosophy; placing the customer journey above all else. Together, we will be well-positioned to make that journey even better. I am also delighted to welcome Kevin and James to our highly talented leadership team.\u201d\r\n\r\nKevin McCallum, incoming COO of Bright, concluded: \u201cAccountancyManager joining Bright makes so much sense for many reasons, but for me, the shared values and customer-centric approach are the most compelling. I\u2019m excited to be joining Paul and the wider Bright team in building out the scope and scale of our business and supporting more and more accountants and their clients.\u201d\r\n\r\nBright was formed in September 2021 following a merger between BrightPay and Relate software, a leader in post-accounting, practice management and bookkeeping software.\u00a0\r\n\r\nToday, Bright\u2019s software supports over 7,000 accounting practices and over 30,000 small to mid-sized businesses across Ireland and the UK, with a headcount of over 200 people. It currently has offices in the outskirts of Dublin in Ireland and in Kolkata, India. Bright is also backed by Hg, a leading software investor with expertise in tax and accounting technology businesses, and a \u201cstrong track record\u201d of supporting companies to scale.