Barnsley company completes 100th project and expands team to ten

A Barnsley software company which has completed its 100th project has expanded its team to ten and is seeing continued business growth.

Target Information Systems works with clients such as Coca-Cola Enterprises plant in Wakefield, seven NHS acute trusts, Kier Group, Pret a Manager, 2K Games and Decathlon.

The company specialises in creating bespoke database systems for clients struggling to cope with excessive amounts information, data management and reporting.

The software works by extracting information from the database and turning it into intelligence; for example as digital dashboards, reports, escalations and email alerts.

Director of Target, Phil Atkinson, said: “We’re delighted to have expanded our team to ten, this is due to winning projects and seeing our list of clients grow bigger than ever before. We’ve now have four computer programmers as part of our team which is enabling us to expand.

“Each system that we create is tailor-made to the client’s wants and specifications and no challenge is too big. We pride ourselves on going into a company, no matter how big or small, that is overrun with excessive amounts of data and creating a manageable system that works for them.

“As part of our 100th project, we created a contract management system for Oasis Dental Care – this shows the diversity of the clients that we work with. Whether it’s a dental company, a games publisher or a food processing company, we can help improve information management and reporting for anyone.”

Business expansion is being supported by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) through the Enterprising Barnsley programme, which is funded by Barnsley Council.

Target, which was set up in 2010 by co-directors Phil Atkinson and Daryl Greensill, currently occupies the biggest single unit at BBIC at Wilthorpe having moved from another unit two years ago. The team expanded to ten at the end of 2014, after taking a new recruit to keep up with demand.

One piece of software, Accord, used by Coca Cola at their bottling plant in Wakefield, the largest in Europe, alerts engineers to when equipment needs re-testing. Several NHS trusts use the same system which helps manage contracts, equipment maintenance, calibration and inspection.

Other projects have seen Target work with Kier to help their procurement team gain control of contracts and supply chains; assist Decathlon with a point of sale ordering system for all their UK stores, and create a digital asset management software for global developer 2K Games.

As well as creating the databases, the company is also on standby to help and assist if the system needs tweaking or updating.

Phil said: “It’s amazing to think of the big name clients that we have considering that we only set up five years ago and its testament to the staff that we’ve hired along the way and the fantastic support we’ve received from both BBIC and Enterprising Barnsley.

Enterprising Barnsley has helped Target with marketing, website development and recruitment. The company took on a new member of staff at the end of last year and redeveloped their website in early 2015.

Kevin Steel, Enterprising Barnsley’s business development manager at BBIC, said: “Target has become a mini success story within BBIC having been here when they first set-up five years ago. They’ve expanded and grown over the years and I’m confident that they’ll continue to do so.

“They are establishing themselves as the go-to company when there’s too much data to collect and correlate. They know systems inside out and they continue to go from strength to strength.”

Daryl Greensill and Phil Atkinson of Target IS
Daryl Greensill and Phil Atkinson of Target IS

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