Access Group acquires Factory Master

accessThe business management software specialist Access Group has added to its Supply Chain Solutions division with the acquisition of rival FactoryMaster.

Access CEO Chris Bayne said, “We’re already strong in the manufacturing sector with over 800 customers; FactoryMaster adds the additional expertise of its people to our organisation and great software that fills a gap in our product portfolio. This gives us an increased specialism in precision engineering, aerospace and oil & gas.”

He added that by making the acquisition Access was able to offer customers and prospects an end-to-end manufacturing solution, whether they wanted a full ERP system, financials integrated with MRP, or manufacturing software.

FactoryMaster is designed for manufacturing companies to monitor and manage manufacturing activities.

Nuneaton based FactoryMaster’s customers include A & G Precision, Amfin, S L Engineering and M B Aerospace.

Graham Scott, MD of FactoryMaster, who joins Access as part of the deal, said, “Becoming part of Access is a huge step forward for us, if gives us the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise to offer some truly get solutions to UK manufacturers.”

FactoryMaster will integrate with Access’ financial solution Access Dimensions offering additional functionality including stock control and resource scheduling, as well as being sold as a standalone entry-level manufacturing offering.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013

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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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