Software firm makes offering for churches

NEW software developed by a Lisburn company could be a major boon for churches as important accounting requirements soon come into effect.

Omega Church has been created by Lisburn-based GCD Technologies and is a specialist package designed to help churches comply with regulations governing how they record and report their financial activity.

The software, which has been approved for use by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and is applicable to all denominations, is the only one of its kind being offered by a Northern Ireland company.

But, as GCD director Andrew Cuthbert explained, the software can be applied in a variety of markets and GCD is also exploring opportunities in the Republic of Ireland and in other parts of the UK.

“Omega Church is a comprehensive administration software package for use in churches of any size or denomination. It was developed to ease the burden of church administration, with benefits for church administrators, clergy and treasurers,” he said.

“The accounting aspect of the software, which can be purchased separately or as part of the wider package, enables churches to meet the requirements of the Charities Commission.

“With many local churches having to record their 2010 financial activity in a way that satisfies the new requirements, there is a significant market for the software in Northern Ireland. And because the software takes so much of the burden out of church administration, we believe there is also a significant market in the Republic of Ireland and in other parts of the UK.”

Founded in 1999 by then students Andrew Cuthbert and Andrew Gough, the company now employs 14 people at Lisburn Enterprise Centre and provides a range of e-solutions for all kinds of organisations including software development, e-commerce, content management, website design and large scale databases.