Close to the UNESCO world heritage site of Saltaire village, Saltaire Brewery was established in 2005 to develop and produce high-quality ales with a contemporary twist. Now, with more than 70 brewing trade awards including two national championship brews and two international gold medals, it’s no wonder that both cask and bottled ales business is on the up.
And with increasing volumes of daily deliveries of favourites like Saltaire Blonde and Gold Medal award winners like Triple Chocoholic stout to major supermarkets and independent wine and beer shops, Saltaire Brewery’s existing accounts system was starting to creak. Mike Kendall-Smith, Financial Controller realised that their existing Sage 50 Accounts system was “on the edge” with regards to the number of transactions being processed.
Our Sage 200 Online implementation went unbelievably smoothly but inevitably we’ve had a few questions. The Wharncliffe help desk is excellent in this respect – all our queries have been dealt with within 30 minutes or less – top service!” Mike concludes.
Mike set about evaluating his options. He wanted a more scalable solution that offered better financial control and business process driven functionality. For example, in suggesting and then authorising supplier payments and a solution that would deliver generally more flexible credit control and cash management facilities. Moreover, Mike liked the idea of managed services which includes automated software updates, backups and guaranteed processing capacity without needing additional internal resources as these are all included in the Sage 200 Online service.
Consequently, Sage 200 Online from Barnsley based Sage Strategic Partner, Wharncliffe Business Systems Ltd ticked all the boxes for Saltaire Brewery.
Sage 200 Online is the UK’s leading cloud-based accounts and business management solution for growing companies. It manages all aspects of business processing from accounts to stock, orders and warehouse management and allows any time, anywhere access to business information across the web with total flexibility, mobility and security.
Mike was impressed with how Wharncliffe took the time to understand his remit and then demonstrate Sage 200 Online accordingly. “Wharncliffe demonstrated an excellent understanding of Saltaire Brewery’s business processing needs and this gave us the reassurance we needed to push the button on Sage 200 Online,” he explains. “Most importantly, their pre-sale service has been totally backed up by a very smooth implementation process which is now allowing us to take full advantage of the extra financial control we have with Sage 200 Online,” he continues. The Wharncliffe service also extends to five-star after-sales support. “Our Sage 200 Online implementation went unbelievably smoothly but inevitably we’ve had a few questions. The Wharncliffe help desk is excellent in this respect – all our queries have been dealt with within 30 minutes or less – top service!” Mike concludes.