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The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2019 Supplier Engagement Award. Eight companies, Crystal, Encon Insulation, Ibstock, JCB, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf, Marsh Industries and Velux have been shortlisted for the Award from over 300 BMF supplier and service members.

The eight companies have actively sought to gain the greatest value from their membership during the last 12 months. They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.

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It is great to see that our MD James Mitchell has taken the lead with the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) team. He and 8 other KCS UK & Ireland employees are now qualified Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA).

Mental health issues are a normal part of life. We all have a personal responsibility to look after our own wellbeing as well as the mental health of those who we work with and care for. The business understands the importance of this, and therefore we have partnered with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England in order to increase mental health awareness and skills across the business.

Our aim will be to support employees by giving them the facts about mental health and the practical skills to support wellbeing, as we work towards building a healthier and more productive workplace, free from stigma.

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Multi stage despatch

Controls are now available to control this process. These allow for items that have been picked to a container (e.g. box or pallet) to be tracked on a pre-configured journey via multiple stages/waypoints through the warehouse and onto the truck. This process can be managed using hand held devices.

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Grant & Stone Timber Merchants

“Since implementing K8 we now have the accuracy and transparency we were looking for. Booking in and out is now so much better controlled and being a cloud based solution means we have the security of a complete disaster recovery service. Using the OMR (Order Margin Review) in particular is helping us to be more profitable.”

David Oliver, IT Manager Grant & Stone

Grant & Stone was set up in 1987. 50% of the family owned business’s turnover is made up from its builders’ merchants operation, with the remainder from the supply of plumbing and electrical materials. There are 29 branches in total, the newest being Grant & Stone’s first timber merchant, which opened last year in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Building Sales Manager, Alan Kent, said, “We’re known for our service being second to none. That’s because we treat our customers as customers, not numbers and that’s where we benefit. Also our product knowledge is very, very good.”


  • Accuracy and transparency across all business processes
  • Data security through cloud based disaster recovery service
  • Clear view of stock position through integrated PI
  • Integrated financial accounting means everything is in one place
  • Manufacturing functionality has enhanced profits in the mill
  • Possibility to inter-operate with apps in the future

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JT Dove

“After a detailed review of the ERP market, I have confidence that this is the right System for JT Dove and that there is no other product with such a depth of advanced functionality for builders merchants.”

Steve Robinson, Managing Director, JT Dove

Leading Builders’ Merchant, JT Dove Ltd, has made a significant investment in a new ERP system to improve efficiencies and allow for the next phase of growth.

The new chosen ERP system, Kerridge Commercial Systems’ (KCS) K8, will be used across all of JT Doves 19 locations by around 190 users throughout the group, across the branches and in head office. The system will allow for better customer service through better support of the team and their daily activities.

K8 is a fully integrated system that comprises financial accounting as well as a suite of apps designed to digitally transform delivery, showroom and warehouse management tasks. These are accessed through the KCS Digital Services gateway that enables users to access, and proactively use, data from their version of K8 on an iOS or Android device.

At JT Dove there will be 60 drivers using the K8 ePOD app that will enable them to access and manage a branch generated electronic manifest with signature capture. KCS’s latest generation digital services will also be used to support their digital web development.

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“My Director immediately said it was just what we had been looking for - it ticked all the boxes for us.”

Simon Johnson, IT Manager, Marcrist

Marcrist International Limited specialises in the production of diamond-based products for cutting and drilling. The company, seen as a technology leader in its field with its premium quality products, distributes to professional users through merchants and distributors.


  • Smooth implementation of combined sales analysis and CRM solution
  • Browser based customer and sales data always accessible via user dashboards
  • Sales representatives able to generate their own bespoke reports
  • No more re-keying of information into ERP system
  • Gap analysis identifies further sales opportunities
  • Total management visibility of team diaries and performance

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Konnect Conference 2019

The Kerridge CS (KCS) solution portfolio continues to grow

Over 150 of our customers travelled an estimated 60,000 miles between them to attend the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) customer conference. A statistic, according to UK and Ireland Managing Director, James Mitchell, that demonstrated the enthusiasm K8 users have for learning and updating themselves on current versions and options in the KCS software portfolio.

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Conference delegates included companies that were new to the software as well as those who have been using it for 30 years plus. And, among the delegate companies involved in the distribution of timber and other building materials were those who worked in the more niche industries of fish radar systems and ginger biscuits!

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Nairobi, Kenya

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a specialist software provider, is proud to announce that they have officially opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya. KCS is focused on servicing the distributive and retail trades and have software solutions that allows businesses to streamline their processes and operations. These solutions are especially effective in helping businesses manage their stock.

The decision to open an office in Nairobi was made due to KCS already having a significant number of customers in Kenya. This strategic move will therefore further support their existing customer base and grow the business.

Des Nangle, Managing Director of Kerridge Commercial Systems, Africa, said “We are very excited about our investment in to Kenya. An ERP or a proper retail software solution is no longer optional for any SME or larger sized business. The world around us is constantly changing and competition is really tough. As a result, businesses need to maintain a competitive advantage by optimising processes and focusing on their customers. This is what is so great about our ERP and retail solutions; it is cost effective, quick to implement and can really change how a business operates, especially if it involves managing stock.”

KCS already has several Business Partners in Kenya and there are additional opportunities for other local businesses. This supports the Kenyan economy, via FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and will result in new jobs being created. This initiative further supports and compliments our objective of providing quality service to both existing and new customers.

Trevor Dorasamy will be heading up the new Kenyan office. Dorasamy said “I have been in this industry for many years working closely with customers, matching solutions to individual business needs, resulting in improved performance. I believe that strong relationships are key to successful business journeys and I look forward to that journey with our Kenyan customers.”

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Support for Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD), which requires the electronic submission of VAT Returns via the HMRC API has been developed within K8. You can prepare your VAT Return within K8 and submit this via the K8 MTD Bridge, which handles all of the communication with HMRC. You’ll have heard a lot from us about MTD recently, but if you still need assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.

inspHire Limited is pleased to announce its acquisition of the inspHire software business from its reseller Elev8 Australia Pty Ltd.

inspHire has provided its award-winning rental solutions through its local reseller for the last 12 years and now plans to service customers directly. It targets a number of core markets including heavy plant, construction vehicles, powered access equipment, oil and gas equipment, portable toilets, audio visual and medical equipment.

inspHire has been providing its software solutions to the rental industry for a number of years and operates in Europe, North America and Africa, supporting over 1200 companies in 30+ countries. It is part of Kerridge Commercial Systems Group, who provides software to 15,000 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including rental, supply chain management, financial management, CRM, warehouse management, transport management, business intelligence and ePOS solutions for the distribution and manufacturing markets.

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Konnect19 - Register here

We are delighted to announce our 2019 customer conference on Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd May at The De Vere Cotswold Water Park.

The event will be packed with presentations on the latest innovations with hints and tips on using our products and value-added products, as well as two guest speakers!

There will also be a networking dinner on the evening of Day 1, open to all attendees with plenty of opportunities to socialise and network with peers from your industry.

Soundex and fuzzy logic searching

This enables standard word searches to utilise this search method. For example, typing ‘Brik’ would also return ‘Brick’ , typing ‘Smyth’ would return ‘Smith’, etc. It is possible to set default settings for the search at the system level or for individual searches allowing different searches to behave differently. The settings can be used to select whether the search uses fuzzy logic or soundex, neither or both. There are also settings to determine the “fuzziness” of the search as well as the ordering of the results.


“Vecta is usually the first thing my team look at in the morning. We all use it on a daily basis and invariably I have it running in the background all the time.”

Graham Knight, Operations Director – South, FPS

How does a leading national wholesale distribution business like FPS use its business systems to stay ahead of the competition?

Vecta for K8 integrated sales analysis and CRM, helps manage customer relationships by uniquely combining world-class sales intelligence with up to date transactional data from a highly sophisticated, wholesale distribution solution. It’s fully mobile, cloud based and accessible 24/7 from desktop, tablet or smartphone.

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT

Kerridge CS is pleased to provide MTD compliant software. Here is why K8 is the perfect solution for your business.

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James Mitchell

James Mitchell has joined Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) as Managing Director - UK and Ireland. With a strong background in global business management as well as technical credentials in the software industry, James’ recent roles include senior management positions within CDK, a global supplier of IT solutions for the automotive retail industry.

James’ appointment follows a period of strong growth at KCS, both organic and through acquisition, and will allow CEO Ian Bendelow to focus on the future growth strategy of the KCS group. As managing director of KCS in the UK and Ireland, James will report to Ian Bendelow – alongside the managing directors of the KCS businesses in North America, South Africa and the Netherlands.

James said, “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead a company that has such a strong portfolio of products which enable our customers to be market leaders in their industries. KCS’ strong customer partnership and heritage shows the company has been doing the right things over the years. I also value the commitment and backing we have from our investors, our executives’ clear vision as industry leaders for the future and the investments the company makes in innovating global products for the benefit of the entire customer base.”

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Taylor & Sons

“I estimate the system has made the business 50% more efficient than it was before. Invoicing used to take me two or three weeks, now it’s done in less than a day. To me that time saved is priceless.”

Ian Taylor, Taylor & Sons

Ian Taylor’s early career was the perfect education for setting up his own timber merchant business in 2012. Working for a timber importer and processor on the Isle of Dogs he was immersed in the logistics of how timber came in to the UK from Poland, Canada and South America, as well as the machining process. His next job with a timber merchant taught him another aspect of the industry as well as providing valuable product knowledge about sheet and insulation materials.

Before moving into his current premises, Ian ran Taylor & Sons from home and stored his timber in a range of rented farm buildings and at the local cricket club. “In the early days my sons used to help me load up deliveries for the next morning,” he remembered. “In the evenings we could be seen walking the lengths of timber across the pitch as we weren’t allowed to drive the lorry over the grass near the club!”

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“I would always recommend K8 LV, as I have always had a very positive experience when using it. The support team is brilliant too and has helped me to support my customers when they want data supplied in a certain format or if I need to create a particularly complicated report. They’re nice people to talk to too – and that counts for a lot!”

Bethen Darby, Director, Planglow

Planglow was an early adopter of K8 LV and started using the software in 2005. Before that the team used a DOS based system for accounting. Director, Bethen Darby, realised she needed a more sophisticated solution that would integrate accounts with sales information and would give her visibility of sales history and available stock. She chose K8 LV because she believed Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) would deliver high quality support and a personal service – a view she still holds to this day and which is now borne out of personal experience.

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The Sunday Times Track 200

We are delighted to announce that Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has been ranked No. 98 in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

The league table ranks the top 200 of Britain’s mid-market private companies in order of fastest growing overseas sales. The league table is produced by Fast Track the Oxford firm that researches and ranks Britain’s top performing private companies.

When surveying the companies Fast Track found leading exporters have quietly secured overseas orders at a record rate almost double that achieved two years ago.

Private mid-market companies grew their international sales by an average of 31% a year for their past two years. Combined profits were £2.3bn, a 77% rise on the 2017 cohort.

This accelerations in sales is in part due to the fall in the pound. Yet it also reflects the strong demand for British goods and services.

Europe is a key market for the majority of the companies (86%) followed by North America (64%) and Asia (37%).

The nine strategic acquisitions KCS made in Europe, the US and South Africa were obviously instrumental in our international sales reaching £30.5m in 2018.

The full league table was published as a ten-page supplement within the business section of The Sunday Times on the 10th February 2019, in print, in the digital edition, and on the Fast Track website:

Reproduced by permission. Copyright The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

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Making Tax Digital

With changes coming into force relating to the way VAT registered businesses have to file their VAT for periods including and beyond 1st April 2019, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has developed a series of software changes within their K8 solution allowing merchants to submit their VAT return directly from their ERP system - in line with these new regulations.

The new ‘Making Tax Digital for VAT’ requirements stipulate that VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold must keep records in digital form and file their VAT returns using software.

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Primaflow F & P

“We could see K8 was a modern, flexible and robust system that could cope with the demands of our industry.”

David Dunbavand, Programme Director, Primaflow F & P

The UK’s largest plumbing and heating wholesaler, Primaflow F & P, has implemented K8 ERP software across its three regional distribution centres, five regional sales offices and extended trans-shipment network, from which goods are delivered directly to independent merchant customers using the company’s own fleet of vehicles.

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Pete Clegg

Kerridge Commercial Systems, provider of integrated software solutions for manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, have today announced that Electronic Data Processing Limited (EDP) has been rebranded as Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

Over four decades of steady growth and diversification, KCS has acquired a number of companies each trading with a different name. With that in mind and after much research and consideration, KCS decided to reduce the complexity of the brand by incorporating each of the new companies within the KCS name, now incorporating and renaming EDP.

Pete Clegg, Sales Account Manager said of the rebrand: “We have grown from a business with sixty people to an organisation with more than 850 and are now part of a strong global brand. The EDP team have worked within very similar markets to our new KCS colleagues for many years now. It is a great opportunity to combine our industry knowledge and expertise to continue to service our customers old and new with innovative, market leading solutions with a strong unified company name.”

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The Evolution of IT Support

Chris Owen, Chief Support Officer at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains some of the methods that IT support teams use to solve your technological problems.

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Recognising that MTD comes into force for VAT periods starting on or after 1st April 2019, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has a series of changes planned which will enable your business to submit your VAT Return directly from the application suite. A new desktop application will enable you to integrate directly with HMRC via the published API. Once the VAT Return has been completed within K8, it will be made available to the new program for onwards transmission.

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Sarnia Foods

“We wanted to reduce the paper trail involved in our business and the system has allowed us to utilise scanning throughout all our processes and barcode everything as it goods in.”

Patrick Finigan. Director, Sarnia Foods

Sarnia Foods develops and manufactures food products for a variety of brands that, for whatever reason, are unable to take their own ideas forward into manufacturing. This allows their clients to concentrate on sales and marketing while the Sarnia team source packaging and ingredients and manage stock, production, packing and shipping. Through a direct link to some of its clients’ websites, the Sarnia team can take orders directly.

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How to Combat Shopping Cart Abandonment

Shopping cart abandonment can lead to major concerns for online businesses, especially when they experience them in high levels. Considering the fact that at least 50% of all carts are abandoned during the online shopping cycle, it is important that online merchants do everything in their power to ensure that customers continue with their shopping process, and complete the purchase.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

AGP Business Software rebrands as Kerridge Commercial Systems

AGP Business Software, supplier of ERP software for various industries, will continue under the flag of Kerridge Commercial Systems, a supplier of advanced, fully integrated business solutions for companies active in the wholesale, rental, projects and installation industries.

The rebranding is the next step after the acquisition of AGP by Kerridge Commercial Systems in January 2018.

AGP Business Software has been working since 1977 to automate and optimize business processes by means of trade, installation, project and rental software. The company has a branch in Capelle aan den IJssel and the head office is in Veghel. Kerridge Commercial Systems is located in Sliedrecht. After the rebranding, the three locations will officially continue as one company and one team with a portfolio of multiple solutions for the trading and distribution, rental, projects and installation sectors.

Broader portfolio of solutions

The current product portfolio of AGP Business Software will remain prominently available within the market. Danny Scheffers, Unit Manager at AGP Business Software at Capelle aan den IJssel: "Our location in Capelle aan den IJssel will continue to focus on solutions specifically aimed at the installation sector. The service and working method also remain the same. However, the rebranding offers opportunities to provide customers with an even broader portfolio of solutions. In addition, we are in the process of updating our current solutions package to support customers even better. "

Rutger Scherpenhuysen, Sales Manager at AGP Business Software Veghel: "With the acquisition of AGP by Kerridge Commercial Systems, we are part of a strong global organization. We have grown from an organization with sixty people to an organization with more than 850 employees. That meant a rapid acceleration in innovation in technology and IT solutions. We can now anticipate the wishes of customers and the market even faster. Thanks to the expansion of our available expertise and our product portfolio, we are also able to serve customers even better. We look forward to continuing with our team under the name Kerridge Commercial Systems. "

7 Essential ERP supplier support staff questions you should ask

Do you feel valued, secure and all swotted up about your prospective ERP solution? If you still feel like you need to get some answers from your supplier, you’re in luck. Kerridge CS has come up with seven essential questions that you need to get the answers to before you invest in Enterprise Resource Planning software.

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How Can You Achieve Digital Transformation?

Tony Pey, Head of Product Marketing, examines how to really achieve digital transformation, by using IT to change your business’s culture and behavior.

You process sales transactions on your ERP system. You have a website. Your customers can trade with you over the internet. You market your business on various social media platforms.

Does this mean you can sit back and bask in the belief that you have ‘digitally transformed’ your business? Unfortunately not. The briefest of research into this complex subject and its definition will show you that ‘digital transformation’ is all about implementing technology to change the culture and behaviours within a business - rather than just using it to streamline existing processes.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

IoT Problems: Are Connected Devices Secure?

As we have discussed in great detail on our blog, the Internet of Things (IoT) has changed how manufacturers operate. While the move is undoubtedly positive, offering numerous benefits, the increased use of connected devices has made manufacturers more vulnerable to cyberattack.

Here are two key considerations to make when it comes to protecting your IoT devices against cyberattacks:

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Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a leading supplier of software to wholesalers, merchants and other distributive businesses, has acquired InspHire and Current-RMS. InspHire is a premium supplier of software to European, US and Australian-based companies that rent heavy plant and construction vehicles. Current-RMS supplies cloud based, fully integrated rental management solutions to the AV, production and event industries.

Solutions provided by UK-based KCS are used by 15,000 companies worldwide and include fully integrated ERP systems comprising supply chain management, financial accounting, CRM, warehouse and transport management, eCommerce, ePOS and business intelligence. Both acquisitions will allow KCS to strengthen its presence in the hire industry and to offer additional functionality to its UK and global customer base. The InspHire and Current-RMS teams have welcomed the acquisitions, as KCS will be investing in the development of their products, as well as maintaining and supporting them in the future. A further key benefit for InspHire is the support KCS will provide around its expansion in the US, an important market for function-rich hire software.

Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS said, “The acquisitions of InspHire and Current-RMS deliver a great opportunity for us to strengthen our presence in the hire software market in the UK, as well as developing further global opportunities in this sector. They are both very high quality businesses with offerings that are complementary to our own. We’re looking forward to working with their employees and to welcoming them to the KCS family.”

InspHire and Current-RMS will operate as independent business units within KCS, under their existing management teams. Working alongside their KCS counterparts, they will be making operational improvements to benefit existing and future customers.

Raven Roofing

“It’s a system that just keeps giving - and we’re learning more all the time.”

Mandy Humm, Financial Controller, Raven Roofing Supplies

The relationship between Raven Roofing Supplies and Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) goes back to 2004 when the company started to use an early KCS trading system alongside its accountancy package.

Five years later, during which time Raven opened three new branches, director Mark Applebee said, “I’m in no doubt that the results of the past five years have been partly attributable to how well we have made use of the system and our partnership with KCS.”

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EEF’s Executive Survey 2018

There has been much speculation around what 2018 will bring for manufacturers. From the continuation of 2017’s trends to wild guesses. In reality, the people who are best placed to make these predictions are those who know the industry best; you — the manufacturer.

Earlier this year, EEF published the EEF Executive Survey. In it, manufacturers share their expectations for the next 12 months, highlighting what they believe will be their strongest areas of opportunity and the challenges they will face along the way.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Chris Owen

“The way you care for customers is evolving, with traditional methods being replaced by modern techniques and tools.”

Chris Owen, Chief Support Officer, Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has appointed Chris Owen in the new role of Chief Support Officer. Chris joins from JDA Software, a multinational company where, as Head of Global Delivery in Customer Success, he was directly responsible for the provision of Customer Services (Support & Cloud) to all of JDA’s customers globally.

At KCS, Chris’s goal is to create a leading support organisation by taking current best practices from industry and applying them to what is already a good support structure. He said, “The way you care for customers is evolving, with traditional methods being replaced by modern techniques and tools. For example, I’ll be looking to develop a knowledge base where customers with more common problems can self serve on a 24/7 basis rather than waiting until a support analyst becomes available in office hours. Where further work is required we’ll be working more effectively to identify what we need to do to provide immediate help, as well as what we can do long term to prevent a problem happening again.”

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Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of EDP, a company listed on The London Stock Exchange. EDP supplies sales analytics & CRM and ERP software, such as Vecta and Quantum, to merchants and other distributors. The K8 ERP solution, developed by KCS, is widely used in similar markets, where the company has over 40 years of experience and is a recognised thought leader in trading and management technology. Clearly the acquisition is a good fit for both businesses.

During the past eight years KCS has grown rapidly, both organically and through the acquisition of a number of businesses, to extend its geographical reach, add product capability and extend into adjacent vertical markets. The company now serves over 10,000 customers across Europe, South Africa and the United States.

By integrating the EDP business with KCS, all customers will be offered a more extensive product suite. KCS will also offer the Vecta CRM/BI product to its wider global customer base as a stand-alone product, as well as integrating it as a module within some of the KCS products. KCS will continue to service and support customers using EDP’s Quantum, Merchant, Charisma, Esprit and The Business Programme products. Over time, KCS will offer alternative products (such as its core K8 ERP system) to EDP customers, as potential longer-term solutions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ian Bendelow, Chief Executive Officer of KCS said, “The acquisition of EDP is a great opportunity to accelerate our strategy. It brings us greater presence in the UK and an increased platform for growth in our traditional markets. EDP is a high quality business with customer offerings that are highly complementary to KCS. We welcome EDP employees to the group and look forward to working with them.”

Sir Michael Heller, Non-Executive Chairman of EDP said, “The EDP and KCS businesses have been good competitors for many years, addressing the needs of customers in the same vertical markets. Accordingly the EDP directors believe that KCS’ activities provide a strong fit with those of EDP and that KCS is an appropriate partner to continue the development of the EDP business. The additional resources that KCS will bring will mean that it is well positioned and resourced to support EDP and the future growth of the EDP business.”

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Measurement & Evaluation

Monitoring business performance on the basis of timely and accurate information is a key priority for decision-makers in the fast-moving distributive trades.

K8 Business Intelligence gives individuals or departments access to secure, centralised data at the precise level they need to perform their roles effectively.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Annual Manufacturing Report 2018

It seems like only yesterday we published our review of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017. Since then, manufacturing has been a whirlwind of data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Brexit uncertainty — and before you’ve had time to think, 2018’s edition of the report has landed on your desk.

In this blog post, we present you with a rundown of the biggest talking points from this year’s release for some easy lunchtime reading.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Lakeview Computers Ltd.

“We are very excited to make this announcement. As we continue to grow as a group, it makes sense to have our people and products under one brand name.”

Dawn Aldwinckle, UK Sales Director - New Business, Kerridge Commercial Systems

1 August 2018 – Kerridge Commercial Systems, provider of integrated software solutions for manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, announced today that Lakeview has been rebranded as Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

Over the last four decades of steady growth, KCS has acquired several companies each coming with a different name, which has become somewhat complex to navigate. Based on much research and discussion KCS, has decided to reduce the complexity of their brand by renaming Lakeview.

“We are very excited to make this announcement,” explained Dawn Aldwinckle, UK Sales Director. “As we continue to grow as a group, it makes sense to have our people and products under one brand name. The Kerridge Commercial Systems brand reflects our commitment to remain at the forefront of technology for our manufacturing, wholesale and distribution customers globally. We will continue to focus on innovating and delivering market-leading ERP solutions – only now we are reflecting this with a strong, unified company name.”

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 15,000 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS, and more, specifically for the distribution, manufacturing and wholesale markets. The rebrand supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows five acquisitions during the last 24 months in the UK, USA, South Africa and the Netherlands.

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Fred Loos

“I am honored to have been approached for the position of Managing Director Benelux and I look forward to contributing to the further growth of Kerridge Commercial Systems in the Benelux.”

Fred Loos, Managing Director Benelux, Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), supplier of advanced, fully integrated business solutions for trading companies, wholesale and distribution, has appointed Fred Loos as Managing Director Benelux. He brings 34 years of experience in IT and financial-logistical systems and takes over the role of Ian Bendelow, CEO of the KCS Group. In his role, Fred will manage the daily operations of both Kerridge Commercial Systems in Sliedrecht and the recently acquired AGP Software in Veghel and Capelle aan den IJssel. He also plays an important role in uniting both companies and optimizing cooperation.

Prior to joining Kerridge Commercial Systems, Fred worked as General Manager at an international software company, where he was responsible for the SME market in the Netherlands and Belgium. During his career he gained extensive experience in the direction of IT and management, through various management positions and training courses.

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Bonus Electrical

“Our turn over has grown from £3m to £10m in just six years. K8 is supporting that growth because it’s helping us to buy stock in the right quantities and to analyse our sales activities like never before.”

Jamie Dawson, Bonus Electrical

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS)’ K8 software has delivered cost and time savings across every area of business for Hull-based wholesaler Bonus Electrical. A key element of the software is its ability to provide the business intelligence that the management team needed, enabling them to analyse sales in more depth.

Bonus’ Jamie Dawson said, “The integrated POD system is invaluable and helps us deal with queries quickly and more efficiently. Some of our customers ask for a lot of PODs and I often used to waste time wading through files and scanning paper copies for emailing. Now, I just retrieve them from the system by entering the order number. The time this has saved us is incredible.”

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Reeds Wantage

“We’re looking forward to increased efficiencies such as integrating order processes with our suppliers and faster, easier price maintenance.”

Euan Mead, Operations Manager, Reeds Wantage

Growing business, Reeds Wantage, has chosen an ERP solution from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) to support its future growth and deliver efficiencies to the business.

Reeds was founded in 1972 as a builders’ merchant and ironmongers. It gradually transitioned away from supplying heavyside materials to focusing on paint, tools and hardware, and today is known primarily as a painting and decorating merchant.

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Tadhg O'Connor Ltd

“We wanted a system that allows some flexibility over what level of discount can be given so we can manage our margin better and increase profitability.”

Eoin O’Connor, Managing Director, Tadhg O’Connor Ltd

Limerick based Tadhg O’Connor Ltd, one of the larger stores in the Topline group, is about to implement a new ERP system provided by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS). The family owned business operates two builders’ merchant branches and a furniture store.

Business is split 50/50 between trade and retail customers and there are more than 600 trade account customers.

Managing Director, Eoin O’Connor said, “We’re successful because our staff offer excellent service and our customers know they can rely on us having the right stock delivered in a timely fashion in perfect condition and at good value.”

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Review: Panorama’s 2017 Manufacturing ERP Report

What would you like your business to achieve in the next 12 months? Perhaps you know what you want to achieve, but simply don’t know how to get there.

If you’re a manufacturer who wants to centralise data, drive efficiencies and ultimately improve business performance in 2018, the answer could lie in your manufacturing ERP software. Through reviewing Panorama’s recent report on ERP Systems and Enterprise Software, we’ll demonstrate how effective the right ERP system can be in overcoming your operational challenges.

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Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

We are delighted to announce that Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has been ranked No. 37 in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, a league table that ranks the top 200 of Britain’s mid-market private companies in order of fastest growing overseas sales.

The league table is produced by Fast Track, the Oxford firm that researches and ranks Britain’s top performing private companies. When surveying the companies, Fast Track also found that the US is the most popular country for overseas sales, with 118 of the 200 companies citing it as a major market. It is also the top choice for future growth, with more than half the firms (107) planning to expand there.

Fast Track also believed the league table shows the resilience of Britain’s mid-market exporters. Despite the uncertainty created by the on-going Brexit negotiations, their combined international sales have grown by an average of 62% a year over the last two years to a total of £10.1bn, the highest growth rate measured in the survey since 2013.

The Sunday Times reported that it was another sign of confidence that 60 of the listed companies had chosen to acquire overseas businesses to help accelerate their growth – up from 46 last year. The six strategic acquisitions KCS made recently in Europe, the US and South Africa were obviously instrumental in our international sales reaching £24m in 2017.

The full league table was published as an eight-page supplement with the business section of The Sunday Times on 10 June, both in print and in the digital edition and on:

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Kuipers BMH

“We now have better insight into stock, sales and the financial handling of the sales orders. For example, with the help of a few keyboard shortcuts the average takeaway order has now become a lot easier; ten enters less are needed for the same process.”

Rob Kamp, Kuipers BMH

Kuipers BMH (Building materials and stone) is one of few remaining independent wholesalers of building materials in the northern part of the Netherlands. Not affiliated with a specific brand or a specific buying organisation, but simply operating from one’s own extensive experience and knowledge in this industry.

Two linked software applications, an accounting software system and an order processing application, had to make way for K8 Babbage of Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS). Kuipers had now been working with the ERP solutions of KCS for almost a year.

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Dare you let your software manage your purchasing?

Mark Steggall, Head of Product Management at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains the benefits of using a computer system with a flexible, integrated forecasting and purchasing module.

“Having just enough stock to meet customer demand is a challenge many companies feel can’t be met without human intervention. Today, fortunately, there are flexible ERP systems that can be configured to forecast and purchase automatically in the way you like to do it – but with options to interfere when you need to!”

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John Davey

“In terms of a return on our investment, what we pay for K8 is offset by our increased profitability through being able to keep a better track on our margins, our increased turnover and the time the system saves us. We all find it quick and easy to use – for example our monthly invoicing now takes one day instead of seven!”

Rhys Davey, General Manager, John Davey

At the end of 2013, John Davey, a third generation family owned Welsh builders’ merchant, upgraded from a manual invoicing system to ERP software from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

A year later, General Manager, Rhys Davey, saw that margin and turnover had both increased significantly. He remembered, “Once we had a full year of history within our K8 solution we could see the scope of how much the software had helped us. Our turnover had risen from £1.1m to £1.5m and we were showing an increase of 2% in our gross margin. Using a manual system I think it had been easy to make mistakes in calculations plus we were always missing opportunities to increase our margin. I think the improvements were largely down to being able to work more accurately.”

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Using ERP Software To Overcome Operational Challenges In Manufacturing

Businesses are never without their challenges — and strategizing to overcome them is what makes business so exciting. Some of these challenges are present across-sectors, while others are more niche to a particular industry.

In this blog post, I will discuss the challenges big and small that operational directors in manufacturing are facing, and how the right ERP software solution can help overcome them.

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Keep Control of your Projects

With many facets to a project, you need to manage the multiple orders and quotations, the delivery schedule and agreed pricing terms and the financial performance against the overall project.

You don’t need to create a project as the job starts, you can create it in advance. Projects can be raised for existing customers, or for new business prospects. You can raise quotations and monitor the likelihood of success through regular updates of the project status. The project itself can be created with relevant detail such as project status, start and end dates. In addition, estimates may be added and actual performance monitored over the life of the project.

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Site Supplies and Services

“Some of our suppliers also use K8 software and recommended it to us. Other factors in our decision were the confidence we had in the future development of K8 and the knowledgeable team who demonstrated the product.”

Maggie Wilbor, Director, Site Supplies & Services

Fire protection equipment supplier, Site Supplies & Services, has decided to use a software solution from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) to manage its Hertfordshire based operation.

Specialising in the supply of sprinklers, dry risers and other residential fire protection equipment, Site Supplies & Services operates alongside sister company, Peter’s Transport Ltd, which looks after its deliveries and collections on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis. Established in 2000, the company has a reputation for providing excellent customer service.

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MAM Software unveils new branding and website

The company marks one year since being acquired by Kerridge Commercial Systems

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James Mitchell, Kerridge CS Managing Director in the UK and Ireland, said: "This rebrand marks a really exciting time in the evolution of MAM Software, as we gear up for the next generation of our growth of provision of IT solutions to the automotive distributive sector as a core part of the KCS group."