Accelerate; Piloting your Business to Success

Don’t miss out on our first ACCELERATE events of the year – The ‘must attend’ event for all food industry professionals! 


Take a tour of Concorde or step into the world of Motorcycle manufacturing by joining one of our first Accelerate events of the year, we’re very pleased to be joining forces with the FMCG Academy and LI Europe to discuss the challenges faced in the food industry and how you can become a more efficient manufacturer.

 

Concerned by the lack of sustained improvement in your factory?

Fed up with missed production targets?

If you can answer yes to these questions and you want to discover how to achieve better results, then come along on the day and take part in our Free 1 hour workshop; Prioritising Line Improvement – and making it stick with Erica Bassford, Head of Aspire at LI Europe

Learn how to increase your productivity and avoid distractions as Jeremy Praud- Chairman, FMCG Academy presents The Keys to unlocking FMCG Productivity. 

In business,a million things need to happen in order for it to take off, this is especially true in the fast paced, highly regulated food industry. Deepen your understanding of the capabilities needed to build a truly agile organisation as we discuss Food; the problem, the solution.  

We hope you feel that joining us is worth your time. The event is about real-life and real processes that the food industry should be considering to ensure you are achieving your maximum productivity. 
 

HURRY PLACES ARE LIMITED…
To secure your place, please follow one of the links below to book: 

Runway Visitor Park – Manchester, 20th March

National Motorcycle Museum – Birmingham, 27th March

THE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS ARE COMPLETELY FREE TO ATTEND:

When it comes to implementing Manufacturing Improvement programmes, it is vital that managers are equipped with the skills to successfully manage and motivate their teams to drive and sustain improvement activity. In this practical workshop, complete with hands on ‘learning by doing’, we will be showing delegates how to engage shop floor personnel to apply new improvement techniques in the workplace.

If none of the above venues are convenient to you, please pre-register your interest here.

Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about the event and whether it’s right for you and your team, please do give us a call on 01244 676 900

Signum Solutions partners with FDMB to bring software expertise to North West Food and Drink businesses

Warrington based Signum Solutions is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with North West Food and Drink Means Business (FDMB) The publishing group that aims to drive the progress and development of the food and beverages sector in the North West.

Signum Solutions, headquartered in Warrington, and Blackpool based FDMB are partnering to help small and mid-size food and drink companies who have experienced rapid growth or reached a ‘tipping point’ on the need for automated business processes.

Food and beverage is one of the fastest growing sectors in the region, and this partnership provides a platform for firms to cooperate and resolve some of the key local challenges faced by the food and beverages industry.

In an ever increasingly regulated industry, the need to demonstrate end-to-end traceability or the avoidance of the ‘dreaded’ product recall are often a minefield for SME’s.  

The marriage between FDMB and Signum Solutions is intended to play to the respective market strengths of both providers.

Paul Caunce, Founder and Publishing Editor of North West FDMB said; “We are thrilled to have Signum Solutions on board with us as Software Partners. Their commitment to the food and drinks industry is beyond question, as is their passion to work with companies of all shapes and sizes in the sector. 

“It is important to us that our partners have a strong offering to meet the needs of our food and beverage readers and members, and we are excited about working with the Signum Solutions team to promote the many benefits of their SAP Business One software.”

Signum is an award-winning, industry focused SAP Gold Partner offering SAP Business One management software for enterprise resource planning.

The company was the first in the UK to receive ‘recognised expertise’ status in SAP Business One and is also the proud holders of the SAP Business One, Best performance for Customer Satisfaction award 2017.   

Under the new partnership agreement, Signum will combine its industry knowledge and SAP specialism and work with FDMB to provide a pain free approach to business software.

Solutions Managing Director Lindsay Pointon said: “We are excited to partner with FDMB. As their strategic software partner, we’re using our industry knowledge and expertise to educate on and promote the need for business management software in a lively region whose vibrant food and drink manufacturing scene is only going to grow in the future”

About Food and Drink Means Business:

North West Food & Drink Means Business (FDMB) is a trade only platform that is published online and in print by Means Business Publishing Ltd.

Launched in early 2018, the vision of the publishers was to bring the food and drink supply chain closer together, primarily through news and information,

As part of the progressive thinking behind the original concept, 2019 will see the roll out of a number of events throughout the North West, including round table discussions, producer networking events and the FDMB Live event on March 26th, visit https://northwest.fdmb.co.uk/

About Signum Solutions:

Signum Solutions specialises exclusively in SAP Business One for small and midsized businesses. The company is a fully certified SAP Business One Partner and has clients in a range of sectors including food supply and service, chemicals and coatings, wholesale and manufacturing. For more information, visit www.signum-solutions.co.uk.

Media enquiries on this news release to:

Diane Harvey at Signum Solutions on 01244 676900 or diane.harvey@signum-solutions.co.uk

or

Paul Caunce at FDMB on 07501 216651 or email publisher@fdmb.co.uk

How you can contact us during this festive season.

 

Over this holiday season our helpdesk will be closing at 3pm on 24th December and will also be closed on both the 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

You can contact your Signum support team between normal office hours of 9.00am and 17.30pm on 27th, 28th and 31st December.

In order for us to ensure your enquiry is dealt with swiftly during this festive period, we ask that any new tickets are logged by emailing support@signum-solutions.co.uk

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from the Signum Team

An Interview with Graham Collins, Operations Manager at Infusion GB

box of tea on production line

Infusion GB is one of the UK’s leading tea and herbal drink packaging companies. It is a privately-owned business and has been operating since 1985. Current capacity across its many formats is in excess of 1 billion bags a year!

In this interview with Infusion’s Operations manager, Graham Collins, find out what steps the business has taken to achieve impressive sustainable growth in the last year:

Q: What does Infusion’s customer base look like?

A: We supply to an extremely diverse customer base ranging from small start-up companies to independent retailers. We also pack for national and multi-national supermarket chains.

Q: What makes Infusion different to similar companies?

A: We believe our flexibility to meet demand and the ability to cope with our entire customer base, from small volumes to larger runs, sets us apart. Our priority is meeting the customer’s needs and ensuring their success.

Q: How has implementing a new ERP system been of benefit to Infusion?

A: SAP Business One has given us the ability to manage our warehouse more effectively and provided us greater control and visibility over our stock allowing us to monitor usage of materials more efficiently.

Q: What were your considerations in choosing a new ERP system?

A: We were looking for a solution that could, not only, be implemented quickly but one that would have the flexibility to be able to grow with us and support our expansion plans. As a minimum, it had to be have fully integrated warehouse management and manufacturing capabilities.

Q: How did you decide on the right ERP partner?

A: We were looking for a partner that had experience supporting process manufacturers in the food industry, one that was focussed on the UK and had many years’ proven experience of the product. In Signum Solutions, we found that partner and soon discovered we were more than ‘just a customer’.

Q: What’s next in the plan for Infusion?

A: We are looking to further develop our use of SAP Business One to potentially include factory automation and as a responsible business, we are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with Signum?

A: Good, Signum quickly understood our needs and what we were trying to achieve. They are always on hand when assistance is needed – even out of hours!

View customer case studies to find out more about how Signum Solutions’ experience within the food manufacturing, foodservice and food wholesale industries has helped similar businesses achieve streamlined processes and financial benefits, with Signum’s Industry Edition for Food and Beverage.

What is Making Tax Digital?

Making Tax Digital Logo

In the spring of 2017, the UK government passed legislation that provides that the UK will become one of the most advanced digital economies in the world. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is an HMRC initiative designed to make sure the UK tax system is effective, efficient and easier for taxpayers.

There are several key dates that all businesses need to be aware of:

April 2019: All VAT-registered companies over the VAT threshold will have to use and maintain digital accounting records and are required to submit their VAT returns using MTD-compatible digital software.

April 2020: All VAT-registered businesses under the VAT threshold will be required to comply with MTD requirements.

From April 2020 (earliest): Income tax and Corporation tax returns for all businesses will be provided to HMRC through digital means.

MTD FUNCTIONALITY IN SAP BUSINESS ONE

SAP Business One version 9.3, Patch Level 08 will be MTD-compatible. It is anticipated that Patch Level 08 will be available from December 2018, although SAP have not given any specific dates yet. To receive this Patch, you must be using version 9.3 of SAP Business One. For those running an older version of SAP Business One (i.e. 9.1, 9.2) an upgrade to version 9.3 will be required.

The Patch Level will allow the following:

• SAP Business One will automatically link to HMRC using your current gateway password
• The user can view requests from HMRC, as well as scheduled reminders for their VAT declarations
• The user will be able to make manual requests
• They can submit declarations and check if there are issues with previous submissions
• They can view information concerning the VAT process
• They can check if previous payments have been processed by HMRC

MTD ROADMAP FOR SAP BUSINESS ONE

In June this year, SAP began testing its final MTD compliant version of SAP Business One software with HMRC. They have also launched a review programme which will obtain the feedback from a selection of Business One Beta test sites. The beta test programme will help SAP obtain feedback about the system so that it can make any final refinements ahead of the full launch of Patch Level 08 in December 2018.

BECOMING MTD COMPLIANT

During the early months of 2019, Signum will be running a series of workshops designed to ensure that you understand the requirements of MTD and can use SAP to produce and provide HMRC with the information they require. We will be releasing further closer to the time.

In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest, or you have specific questions regarding MTD, please contact us on 01244 676900.

Tech firms team up to help SMEs on the data management ‘tipping point’

Two tech firms are joining forces on a ‘must-have’ data automation solution for business clients outgrowing manual systems or standalone software.

Portsmouth-based Transalis and Signum Solutions, headquartered in Warrington, are partnering to help small and mid-size supply chain companies in sectors such as manufacturing, chemicals, food service and wholesale distribution.

Typical clients will have crossed a ‘tipping point’ on the need for automated business data processing.

They may be an organic food retailer seeking to demonstrate end-to-end traceability of global supply so that increasingly savvy customers are reassured over safety and integrity.

They could be a manufacturer keen to avoid the nightmare of a product recall or a company in a regulated industry tasked with a ‘needle in a haystack’ Big Data search request.

A fast-moving consumer brand or a busy wholesaler may also require more automation to ensure the real-time cash position and sales figures are at their fingertips.

The tie-up between Transalis and Signum Solutions is intended to play to the respective market strengths of both providers.

Signum is an award-winning SAP Gold Partner offering SAP Business One management software for enterprise resource planning.

The company was the first in the UK to receive ‘recognised expertise’ status in SAP Business One.

Under the new reseller agreement, Signum will combine its SAP specialism with the added benefit of the cloud-based Transalis platform for automated supply chain management.

Signum Solutions Managing Director Lindsay Pointon said: “This is an ideal combination that will give our clients a proven, fully integrated and hosted solution.

“Automated data management is a must-have for growing companies for all kinds of activities including stock control, supply and distribution management, and production scheduling.”

Roy Garlick, Transalis Global Channel Manager, said: “More and more customers are migrating up to SAP Business One having arrived at a tipping point in their data management needs.

“At the same time, many are keen to review and improve their supply chain management capabilities.

“We’re confident our new partnership with Signum Solutions will directly address this scenario.

“It will help many small and mid-size businesses to streamline their business management activities so they can scale up to compete on a more level playing field with larger competitors.”

In an international award based on customer feedback, Signum Solutions was named the SAP Business One partner with ‘Best Performance for Customer Satisfaction’ at a recent SAP partner summit in Barcelona.

The company also won a CompuTec Partner Excellence Award in 2017 recognising exceptional customer satisfaction.

The Transalis platform helps users share data, integrate it with internal systems and automate a host of manual processes.

Transalis was the first UK partner to achieve a procurement-to-payment accreditation for EDI (electronic data interchange) from global standards body GS1.

About Transalis

Transalis helps clients drive business growth by connecting supply chains digitally. The UK-based company’s global platform enables businesses to trade with anyone, anywhere using cloud-managed services. Transalis services a community of more than 10,000 users in sectors such as retail, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, health and beauty, and FMCG. Clients include leading brands such as Argos, Pret a Manger, The Hut Group and AS Watson, owners of Superdrug. For more information, visit www.transalis.com.

Signum Solutions specialises exclusively in SAP Business One for small and midsized businesses. The company is a fully certified SAP Business One Partner and has clients in a range of sectors including food supply and service, chemicals and coatings, wholesale and manufacturing.

Media enquiries on this news release to:

Diane Harvey at Signum Solutions on 01244 676900 or diane.harvey@signum-solutions.co.uk

ERP Software for SME’s

Choosing the right software for your business can be a daunting decision for you as a business owner, choosing a software that is easily customisable and tailormade to meet your exact business requirements is key.

So what is ERP software ?

Enterprise Resource Planning software otherwise known as ERP software is a software which collaborates all aspects of a business into one place.  The information which the ERP software collates is made easily available for you to see.

Using ERP software will connect different departments within a business in real-time which in turn increases efficiency within different departments and helps to make key decisions within the business.

ERP software is ideal for small to medium sized enterprises here are a few of the benefits below:

 

Customisable – ERP software is can be fully tailored to suit your business, and can be used for the following:

Pre sales CRM / Marketing

Post sales CRM

Inventory (SCM)

Financial accounting

Production, planning & Control

Project management

Technical expertise

Task management

Human resources & Payroll

Continuous Improvement

Growth Your ERP software will grow as your business does, it is easy to add new functions into your software which will save you and your staff time making everyday operations more streamlined and in turn this will increase your ongoing profits.

ERP For Food

ERP For Food Software

Fruit juice in glasses with Kiwi fruit

ERP for food by Signum Solutions, Our food recipe software is designed to meet the requirements of any business however SME’s in particular find our cloud based software very useful streamlining their business therefore increasing profits.

ERP software is designed for food manufacturers and distributors in particular, our ERP software will improve food safety, improve traceability, reduce waste and overall streamline productivity whilst managing business growth.

Signum solutions ERP for food software will connect all departments within your business into an easy to manage cloud ERP. From the minute that ingredients & materials enter your business premises to the moment the complete products leave them.

Our software will move all of your data and workflows from multiple, independent platforms into a single cloud ERP, you ensure superior data integrity, production management and manufacturing processes, quality control, safety, sales, delivery, finance and forecasting.

Reliable access 24 hours a day all year round

Get access to all aspects of your business 24 ours a day all year round with Signum Solutions ERP for food software.

For more information on our ERP software for food contact one of the team today on 01244 676 900.

 

 

 

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