Customer Stories

PKF Australia grows their Hospitality business with specialised advice and technology for the industry

PKF Australia have been using Lightyear with several hundred hospitality clients throughout Australia since LIghtyear was launched in September 2018.

We spoke with Anthony Sullivan, Lead Partner of Hospitality at PKF Sydney to get the lowdown…
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Improving productivity and reporting in Accounts Payable

We spoke with Alec Craig, Financial Controller with Clandeboye Lodge to find out how they are using Lightyear in their hotel business...
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“Lightyear has been able to reduce bookkeeping time by between 40-50% purely because of data entry. There is no manual entry now, which has allowed my bookkeeper to get the accounts up to virtually a live situation each month, where previously we would have been 3-4 months in arrears. It is huge for us!!!"

Stone & Wood has been using Lightyear for our Accounts Payable (AP) processing since 2015, having initially been introduced to the product through some of our hospitality customers who were using it for their own AP processing. Over the last number of years, Lightyear has saved us countless hours in invoice processing time, improved our AP processes and accuracy, and provided insightful reporting to help us identify efficiencies in the business as we grew. The Lightyear team provides outstanding customer service and support, and have become a long-term and trusted partner to Stone & Wood

Windmill NI LTD Trading as Burger King

We have recently joined the family to assist us with invoice handling in this digital age! We use Lightyear to store invoices digitally and in turn use the archive to automate the processing of the associated transactions in our Sage 200 program. Viewing, manipulating, sorting and reconciling everything paper has become easy on a screen, rendering a paper chain unnecessary.

It is a slick, effective and efficient add on to any accounting system and I would have no hesitation in recommending both the product and the support team involved. We have had a very positive experience and have made valuable time and cost savings as a result. In addition the reduction in paper usage also means we feel good about doing our bit for the environment and climate change!

We were provided with excellent training initially and the support service during set up and indeed ongoing thereafter has been professional, timely, understanding and very helpful. 

Lightyear have made several improvements and enhancements to the system in the time we have been with them and I therefore know they are innovative in this market and are keen and committed to further developments in the future as technology continues to advance. I can confirm I have great peace of mind, sure in the knowledge that we are subscribing to one of the best, forward thinking providers of this service in the industry, who will ensure my document management is second to none!

I have no doubt that Lightyear is a Time Saviour and a Cost/Benefit Winner!!

Bernie Simpson FCA

"Lightyear is an integral part of our outsourced accounts service offering and our clients who have been introduced to the software find it an invaluable tool for running their businesses. 

"Having scanned images of all supplier invoices, authorisation approval and sign off, together with the sign off audit trail held electronically makes it the perfect business tool for controlling payable invoices and remote office working. 

"All invoices being synchronised with the underlying accounts software also saves a significant amount of time when the need arises to dig out and review source invoice documentation. Lightyear is a cost effective solution for invoice scanning and processing and a superb selling point for our outsourced accounts service offering."

Dan Cole


"We manage a large portfolio of bars and restaurants across Australia and Lightyear has transformed our payable's processes. It has helped us to shrink our Accounts Payable Department by 66%, saving us more than AU $150,000 annually"

Jaz Mooney


Xero Reviews

"This is by far the best AP app. The multi sign off process is simple and secure. Our clients love that employees have access to the Filing cabinet in case of queries. Everything is time stamped & tightly controlled. Not only do we save at least 5 hours of data entry each week, we have complete confidence that there are no duplicate invoices going through and that the invoices flow into xero, already checked & authorised for payment. Ready to be batched & paid on due date. I cannot speak highly enough of the product or the fantastic customer service."

Leigh Davie

Add iT Accountants

"There are great features and very helpful staff. It gives our staff a streamlined process to get bills processed efficiently."

Aaron Milne

Cutcher & Neale