Who is IRIS?

We exist to simplify the lives of businesses, schools and organisations, by providing software solutions and services that substantially enhance operational compliance, efficiency and accuracy, empowering the users of our technology to look forward with certainty and confidence.

Our operational software is the invisible but essential beating heart of our customers’ businesses, supporting them in a range of objectives, from maintaining legislative compliance, to boosting engagement with stakeholders, to enhancing productivity. It’s vital these mission critical functions work first time, every time.


Over 40 years in the making

From humble beginnings to becoming one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies… Navigate through the timeline to see our key milestones and successes over the last 40+ years.

That’s why IRIS helps business run the tough stuff, stay compliant and get operational tasks done right first time, every time so they can focus on productivity and growth. And doing the work they love.

Our mission

To be the most trusted provider of mission critical software and services

Our vision

Ensuring our customers get it right, first time, every time

Our values


Our people

IRIS is a company built on hiring the best people. Our people are our greatest asset. They enable us to be the innovative, market-leading, and high-performing company that we are today.

We are delighted to be Great Place to Work certified, which confirms our colleagues have a consistently positive experience at IRIS, with the survey considering employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, trust in management and leadership, effective communication, and recognition and reward.

We are committed to engaging, rewarding and empowering our employees, and this is central to what we do. This is why we work to create an environment where employees feel like they are part of a team.

From regular site meetings, to cake days and social evenings, to charity events, we are dedicated to creating a friendly workspace where employees are confident and can engage with each other in a way that inspires creativity and drives productivity.



Our communities

For us, commercial success goes hand in hand with good corporate social responsibility.

That is why we’ve integrated our social responsibilities into our day-to-day work and the way we conduct our business relationships. In fact, we have recently introduced a purchasing practice to support rural fruit-growers and lower atmospheric carbon levels in Malawi.

We give our employees three ‘Giving Back’ days a year on top of their annual holiday entitlement to support local community and national charitable causes – that’s over 700 days every year donated to help the community. We unite the contributions made between the business and our employees to make our actions stronger.


+ Parents use our software to connect with their child’s school


+ of UK employees are paid by IRIS Payroll Solutions


+ SME’s use IRIS cloud bookkeeping


+ UK firms rely on IRIS for legislative compliance

Our sectors

Whatever the nature of your organisation, you need your mission-critical software to help you get it right first time, every time. Harnessing our 40 years’ experience, we deliver solutions designed to achieve the business goals of our customers.

With our support, organisations in these industries are empowered to deliver accuracy and legislative compliance, and to optimise engagement with stakeholders – be they clients, parents and pupils, or employees and team members.


Through a heritage of deep domain knowledge and breadth of product functionality, IRIS delivers best-in-class accountancy software solutions for use by every practice in the UK.

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Via software and services that manage finances, assets, budgeting, human resources, parent payments and school-to-home communications IRIS serves nurseries through to academy trusts and further education.

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By providing the widest range of human resource management and payroll solutions IRIS supports the human capital management needs of businesses of every size within the UK market.

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We exist to remove the complexity of and reduce the time spent running your payroll. We do this by automating your payroll processes, so you can pay your people on time, every time.

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Business Accounting

We believe business success lies in harnessing financial knowledge. By using data, information and insight in a more innovative way, you can unlock new intelligence.

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Over 40 years in the making

IRIS has been providing businesses, schools and organizations with mission-critical software and services for more than four decades now. Over the years, our team has developed considerable expertise in delivering the mission-critical software solutions specially designed with the needs of the accountancy, education, HR and payroll sectors in mind.

As a business, this specialist knowledge has helped us thrive in a competitive environment. We’ve enjoyed 20 years of uninterrupted revenue growth, expanding turnover from £5 million in 2002 to £80 million in 2019. This performance has been achieved through both organic and acquired growth, enabling IRIS to benefit from new technological innovations and expertise.

Our customers

We’re proud to work with incredible businesses across the Accountancy, Education, HR and Payroll spaces.

Our customers value our solutions, because they are designed with their specific needs in mind. We collaborate closely with the users of our technologies when developing new software in order to ensure our solutions continue to meet their changing needs.

Working closely with customers, we can ensure our solutions always provide great functionality, are easy to use, ensure up-to-date, detailed legislative compliance and accuracy, and help them maximise efficiency in their organisation’s operations.

What our customers say

Bells Accountants

Joanne Bell, Managing Director

“I knew having the right tools in place would minimise my activity and allow me to increase the amount of time I spend being productive with my clients and IRIS has without a doubt, played an integral role in this.”

Casterton College

Tina Green, Director of Finance

IRIS PlusPay

“We’re thrilled with the time we’re saving. Setting up payment items is easy and the reports we receive are clear and reliable.”

Shepherd’s Chartered Tax Advisers & Accountants

James Shepherd, Partner

IRIS Accountancy

“With IRIS, we can prepopulate the information from HMRC at the touch of a button while we are speaking with the client. This convinced us that IRIS had tax completely sorted.”

Severn Trent Water

Robyn Clayton, Assistant Tax Manager

IRIS Accountancy

“iXBRL is a compliance requirement that has placed an increased administrative burden on corporate tax teams. The move to IRIS OpenResourcing for iXBRL tagging has proved a huge time saving for Severn Trent. In fact this year we are in a good position, with the accounts having been tagged months before the deadline, putting us firmly in control.”