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Historic confectioner futureproofs business with IT investment

A sweet manufacturer which has been operating in Yorkshire for 95 years is safeguarding its future with the support of Azzure IT.

Simpkins Sweets manufacture and distribute sweets all over the world, specialising in hard boiled confectionery, including the world’s original travel sweets.

Whilst having an enviable track record and history, the team at Simpkins knew they needed to bring their IT systems up to date if they were to continue developing and growing their business in the years to come.

After working with a consultant to identify exactly what the business needed, Simpkins approached Azzure IT. Sheffield-based Azzure IT is transforming the firm’s systems and processes with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, industry-leading software designed to make businesses run more smoothly and efficiently.

Andrew Craven, finance manager at Simpkins, said: “We knew we needed to invest in a much more modern system. Whilst our existing software, combined with spreadsheet reports, just about did the job, it didn’t have anywhere near the functionality we will benefit from with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. We were also being hit with ever increasing support costs which we had no option but to pay.”

“We’re planning to focus more on the gift market over the next few years, which means introducing more product lines and managing more customer relationships. The Azzure IT team spent lots of time really getting to know us and understand those objectives. Azzure’s support combined with the Microsoft name has given us confidence we’re getting exactly what we need.”

Craig Such, MD at Azzure IT, said: “Microsoft Dynamics NAV will make a huge difference to Simpkins. The system can manage everything from warehousing and costing to manufacturing operations and supply chain so it will make everything much simpler and more efficient. There is also much less room for human error.”

“Simpkins has enjoyed a longevity that many businesses can only dream of. By investing in the very latest Microsoft technology, Simpkins is perfectly positioned to continue its success throughout this century too.”

Specialists in Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Azzure IT is the fastest growing technology company in the north, according to Deloitte’s Fast 50 table. The company is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Microsoft ERP systems, having been placed in the top four worldwide by Microsoft.

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Simpkins Sweets’ production line

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