Opening facilities for community use is one avenue, already recognised by a number of schools, who are increasingly realising that the resources they own can be put to better use in the community, creating a greater sense of social cohesion and generating increased revenue.
Throughout the country, many schools are already seeking to transform their facilities into venues ready for community use. While there exists many opportunities to generate income through changing the way that facilities are utilised, harnessing innovative technology can help schools to capitalise on these opportunities and generate additional revenue. Importantly, schools should adopt solutions which can ensure that the process of hiring facilities is as efficient and profitable as possible.
Kajima Community’s online lettings software, BookingsPlus, is designed to give schools the ability to generate the extra income that they desperately need, supporting schools now and in the future to deliver the best education possible for their pupils. We believe the software is a game-changer in a sector that is continually under pressure to deliver better results with fewer resources, providing schools with the opportunity to reach further into the community and enabling venues to generate extra income.
Schools using the system are generating a total of over £12m revenue, and Kajima’s service is already in use by a number of leading academic institutions across the country. This is testament to its growing success in giving schools the ability to effectively manage spaces and room bookings, administer online invoicing and payments.
The software is set to be further developed in January 2017, a rebrand with the community at the heart of its focus, giving rise to a new BookingsPlus website and a logo. We hope to make the revitalised BookingsPlus system central to schools’ efforts to capitalise on their existing assets, alleviate budgetary pressures and generate additional revenue streams.