MYOB acquires Flare, Australian SMEs to reap benefits
13 Sep 2022
Flare to accelerate delivery of workplace financial services platform to help more SMEs reach their potential
Business management platform MYOB today announces it has acquired Australia’s leading workplace financial services platform Flare, extending MYOB far beyond accounting to solve diverse problems for SMEs and their employees.
MYOB first announced a strategic partnership with and investment in Flare in November 2020, resulting in the native embedding of Flare’s onboarding and superannuation services within the MYOB platform. The acquisition by MYOB will fast track Flare’s ambition to be Australia’s most comprehensive and innovative workplace financial services and benefits solution, accessible to any employer in Australia.
It is expected Flare will continue to operate as a standalone business and service its other clients and partners, with the initial focus on further enhancement of the platform’s existing integrations with MYOB. This will include Flare’s pay and benefits app, which will unlock discounts and wellness, a digital wallet for payroll and novated car leasing.
Greg Ellis, CEO of MYOB, said the acquisition represents a significant evolution of MYOB’s payroll capabilities to deeply connect SMEs with everything they need to run and grow their entire business.
“SMEs can only grow when they get more out of doing less. MYOB’s position in the employee network is already substantial; one in five employed Australians are paid through our software. When you combine this with Flare’s pay and benefits capabilities, we can provide one of the most unique people management platforms on market, offering business owners value in new ways and in less time. Helping SMEs be more competitive and productive is the ultimate goal.
“Our acquisition of Flare creates pathways for MYOB to connect with businesses in new and deeper ways. By offering our customers solutions that drive value within their processes, MYOB can deliver on our vision of being a vital partner in the full lifecycle of Australia’s SMEs. We are incredibly excited by this opportunity,” said Mr Ellis.
Since it was founded in 2015, Flare has grown significantly, with over one in every four Australian employees starting a job each year interacting with its benefits platform, which serves to make employee experience tools attainable for any sized Australian business.
James Windon, co-founder and co-CEO of Flare, said the acquisition will leverage MYOB’s substantial customer footprint to level the talent playing field for SMEs by connecting them with quality workplace digital tools.
“The battle ground for talent has never been tougher. Eight in 10 businesses are experiencing skills shortages* and there are fewer unemployed people than there are jobs**. Creating an exceptional employment experience has only typically been in reach for bigger businesses with big resources; Flare is passionate about changing that.
“We are thrilled to supercharge this vision with MYOB, to explore innovative territories faster than before.
“MYOB’s investment in Flare will provide more businesses access to comprehensive employee benefits offerings and digitised onboarding experiences. We think that is a huge win for Aussie businesses and their employees.”
* Hays August 2022
** ABS August 2022: in July, there were fewer unemployed people (474,000) than there were job vacancies (480,000 in May)
MYOB is a leading business platform with a core purpose of helping more businesses in Australia and New Zealand start, survive and succeed. MYOB delivers end-to-end business, financial and accounting solutions direct to businesses employing between 0 and 1000 employees, alongside a network of accountants, bookkeepers and consultants. For more information visit myob.com or follow MYOB on LinkedIn.
Flare is Australia's leading pay and benefits platform. Over one in four Australian employees are now using Flare technology when they start a new job – integrated seamlessly into the leading payroll, HRIS and time-and-attendance platforms. Flare allows employers of any size to offer everyone in their organisation the kind of personal and financial benefits that were once only available to senior executives, available with no ongoing maintenance or fees. The Flare app and card give employers the tools to attract and retain top talent – helping workers to take employee experience into their own hands and make their pay go further.