ERP to make Burts’ performance crisper

burts300Crisp manufacturer Burts has announced that it “could easily double or treble in size” and is looking to grow to a £20m-plus business over the next two to three years by maximising production capacity.

The 85-strong Devon-based company – which counts Sainsbury’s and Waitrose as well as farm shops, cafes and delicatessens among its customers – is looking to its new ERP system to help meet its aspirations by providing tighter controls over its financial, production processing and stock control.

Burts’ finance director Mike Cosby said the its Access SupplyChain system was helping the company to scrutinise every area of its business. “It’s already saved us thousands of pounds through greater efficiency and faster access to information,” he said.

“We no longer carry out monthly stock takes as inventory is reconciled in real-time saving us around £12,000 a year.”

The solution was also playing an important role in managing wastage, he added, giving “instant visibility of production costing, enabling us to analyse and reduce product wastage”.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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