News: Investing in our Future

18 October 2011

When economic forecasts are poor and purse strings are tight you can either hunker down and hope that you are still around in a year or two, or you can actively invest in your systems and your people to meet the ongoing needs of customers.

A typical example of Hargreaves’ investment in infrastructure and training is the introduction of a new computer system. After a competitive tender Datawright, a software company, were selected to help us research, analyse and implement a new accounts and stock management system. The new software is Kingfisher, an ERP system which will replace our current Sage Line 50. Datawright is also undertaking an extensive two week training programme for all our staff.

Helen Thornber, Group Finance Manager, said, “This is a significant investment in our people and systems and will help us to achieve our plans for growth, meet customer needs and continue to deliver a high level of service not just for now, but well into the future.”

The new computer system is only one part of Hargreaves’ £250,000 investment plan that also includes environmental and employee welfare improvements and new plant.