BUSINESS CLOUD ESSENTIALS

Manufacturing Software

ICAEW accredited – our Manufacturing Software unifies all elements of your business, allowing for complete control over finances, operations, production, payroll, contacts and more. Business Cloud Essentials enables manufacturers to grow, by bringing the factory floor and office floor together.

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Technology Adoption Grant

For a limited time only, we are offering FREE* implementation of our Manufacturing Software for UK businesses.

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Understanding your key issues and solving them

Fall in love with your business again, by taking away the hassle that comes with manual processes.

Lost time due to firefighting

For a lot of manufacturers, high customer expectations, paired with out-of-date systems, means that a lot of time is spent simply trying to get the job done. Firefighting and combating problems take up all of their energy.

Unable to take production levels up

Scheduling and planning is one of the biggest challenges for many manufacturers. With many parts to the process, including people and machinery, it can be hard to get production right.

No clear view of cashflow

With no clear view of finances, it can be difficult for a business to know what position it is in. How can you plan for the future, if you don’t even know what is around the corner?

Business Cloud Essentials: Overview

Business Cloud Essentials – More than just Manufacturing Software

Find out more about the powerful features that sit within Business Cloud Essentials

Accounting

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Business Cloud Essentials (BCE) helps you to worry less about your finances. Spend less time crunching numbers, and more time maximising profits.

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Operations

Ditch the spreadsheets, whiteboards and paper production schedules. Business Cloud Essentials is designed to take care of your production process in the simplest way possible, meaning you have complete control over business operations.

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Contact Management (CRM)

Maintain strong relationships with customers, and build a sales pipeline, with our built-in contact management module. Business Cloud Essentials lets you provide outstanding customer service.


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eCommerce

Maximising online sales is critical for businesses today. Put your online sales into autopilot. Business Cloud Essentials links seamlessly with your e-commerce platform, meaning that your sales, pricing and inventory are always synchronised.

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Stock Control

Have you ever ordered more stock than you actually need? Or had to keep a customer waiting, because you didn’t have enough stock? Understand your warehouse and manage stock easily, by using the production planning, batch traceability and stock control features.

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“Business Cloud Essentials has been the foundation of our business success and is absolutely instrumental in our future. It has taken us from one employee to 20; we think it could take us from 20 to 100.”

Kit Burgoyne, Co-Founder, Aspire furniture

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to use software to succeed as a manufacturer?

    There are likely some manufacturers that still do things the old-fashioned way. These companies may see no obvious reason to change their approach. But with more of the world digitising all the time, it’s sensible to embrace technology. Not only does this future-proof your business, but it also helps to keep you ahead of the competition. 

  • What is Manufacturing Software?

    Manufacturing Software is an all-encompassing solution that ties a manufacturer’s separate functions together, in one, easy-to-use system. Many manufacturers are constantly fighting fires and worrying about their finances. Manufacturing Software gets rid of this altogether, allowing manufacturers to focus on building a profitable business. Business Cloud Essentials takes care of the nitty gritty processes in the background, so you can focus on what you love.

  • What makes Manufacturing Software suitable for manufacturers?

    Manufacturing Software has functionality around stock control, e-commerce, accounting, production and scheduling. This makes it the perfect tool for manufacturers that are looking to grow and prosper. Our Manufacturing Software (Business Cloud Essentials), was designed for small to medium-sized manufacturers, who are looking to bring all elements of their business together in one place.

  • What are the benefits of Manufacturing Software?

    Business Cloud Essentials has a multitude of benefits for manufacturers. It allows for full visibility of your inventory. Financial reporting and forecasting become possible through the use of accurate data. Online sales are essentially put into autopilot. Manufacturers are brought closer to their customers too. Overall efficiency is increased, and sustained growth becomes a real possibility.   

  • Does Manufacturing Software unify all my business functions?

    Yes. The software brings all operations together seamlessly, including accounting, CRM, e-commerce, payroll and stock control. This connectedness between departments allows for consistent data and powerful reporting. It also makes it possible to automate many processes.

  • Does Manufacturing Software allow for reporting?

    Business Cloud Essentials is equipped with powerful reporting capabilities. With all business functions being unified, the data in these reports is highly accurate and up to date. This means that you can make bold predictions and constantly monitor financial health.

  • Will Manufacturing Software automate my supply chain?

    Many processes in the supply chain can effectively be put into autopilot with Business Cloud Essentials. Online sales made on your e-commerce platform are fed back into BCE, updating the inventory data, so that orders can then be made (if materials fall below a certain threshold). This clarity around stock control and sales makes it easier to stay on top of logistical processes too.  

  • Does Manufacturing Software help businesses to grow?

    Business Cloud Essentials is designed to facilitate growth for manufacturers. By making many tasks easier, and by automating many processes (as well as providing invaluable insight), the system is truly transformational for smaller companies. It provides scaled growth too, so even if you grow quickly, it doesn’t coincide with the usual discomfort.

  • Is Manufacturing Software easy to use?

    Business Cloud Essentials is intentionally simple to use. For every new customer, we assign a Customer Success Manager, who becomes your point of contact throughout implementation (as well as your whole time as a customer). Their role is to ensure you get the absolute maximum value from the solution, and are always on hand to support with any requirements or queries. An Onboarding Manager is provided initially, to optimise the system for your specific needs. After this you can access our Customer Portal, or contact our dedicated Support Team (if you have any questions about the system).

  • What are the benefits of using a Cloud-based system?

    Cloud-based systems allow you to access your data online at any time (and from any place). This is particularly important now that more people are working from home.

  • Are Cloud-based systems secure?

    Cloud-based systems are actually known for being safer than other software.  This is because your sensitive data is stored online, rather than in a physical location (which might be vulnerable). Online access makes it easier for security protocols to be updated as and when it’s necessary to do so.

  • What is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)?

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a model by which software is hosted centrally by a provider, making life easier for users. Customers pay a monthly fee for this service, which includes use of the system itself. This system is accessed online, rather than being installed on premise.

  • What are the benefits of paying via a subscription model?

    This method of payment helps with cashflow. It allows you to pay a monthly fee, with no hidden surprises. This fee includes any support you may need, and any updates that are applied to the system going forward. 

Additional insights to help you transform

RESOURCES

  • Cloud based business management solution for manufacturers

    Find out more about our business management solution, designed with, and for, UK manufacturers.

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  • Manufacturing Outlook 2019

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  • Cloud FAQs for Business Cloud Essentials

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  • Business Cloud Essentials Comparison Grid

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News & Opinions

BLOG // 11-10-2021

General ledger – A mini guide for manufacturers

by Andrew Pearson, SME Product Manager

General ledger – A mini guide for manufacturers