On the 30th of June 1986 four businessmen who had worked together before started a new food company in the village of Willersey near Broadway, in the West Midlands. After 14 years, it was taken over and run thereafter by Paul Dunkley and his sons James and Thomas as Willersey Provisions.
They have progressed well and developed in size and product range. Willersey Provisions cure and slice bacon and also carry a wide range of cheeses, cooked meats, pies, sausages, butters, pates, drinks & quiches, all of the highest standards. They currently sell over 800 products.
As is so often the case, their original computer system was acceptable at first, but they outgrew it as volumes and capabilities demanded more from the system. In June 2015 they ordered a five user Sharp-aX system from Sharp-aX Computer Systems in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
James Dunkley commented: “The system, based on Microsoft SQL, is very modern and easy to use. Sharp-aX changed it for us to enhance the stock management and pro-active telephone sales. For instance, Sharp-aX created a dashboard with a stock code for Christmas pork pies only. We can use this to generate pork pie purchase orders in advance for our main order each day. This is a valuable facility which we will use this Christmas again. Incidentally, this last Christmas, we were able to finish on time for the first time thanks to Sharp-aX and we had a spare cold room thanks to more efficient stock control.”
Their next step is to incorporate the Sharp-aX integrated website module which enables existing and new customers to place orders directly into the system, any time night or day.
As Sharp-aX issues four new software releases a year, both of the complete system and web package, Willersey Provisions will have continuing developments to incorporate and enhance their use of the software for years to come.
Posted: 6th March 2017
"The installation has gone very well, and it has saved us a lot of time and made us more efficient especially on the sales desk. We plan to grow the system over the next few years as the company grows"
Mark Slater, Manager
"I have worked closely with the Sharp-Ax Web Development Team for more than 4 years now. When we first started working together, I was incredibly green and had little knowledge of how to go about creating a website.
Sharp-Ax were incredibly patient and helped me through the early stages, quickly earning my trust and respect.
Throughout the process they have come up with some truly innovative solutions to tasks I have set and have worked with me to achieve a platform that I am very happy with.
I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone that is looking to either start a website from scratch or are looking to move their business. It sounds corny Jean, Manish and the rest of the team do actually prioritise the customer experience, which in this day and age is refreshing"
Skilled, reliable, and excellent customer care
"I've been working closely with the web team at Sharp Ax now for over two years, and during that time they have always been thoroughly professional, reliable and most importantly, very good at what they do.
Our site has gone through strength to strength since we went live around 18 months ago, and it has now become a vital part of our business. We regularly receive glowing compliments about the layout and usability of our website from customers and suppliers, and while I would love to be able to take the credit for it, this is largely down to the website template and CMS, which is simple and easy to use.
As with all tech installations you may get the odd hiccup or something may not integrate seamlessly with your own system at first, but the best thing about Sharp Ax is that any problem is fixed quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is clear that they prioritise customer satisfaction, which is refreshing to see from a tech company.
I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship moving forward"
"We had a big increase in our daily workload as we set up the new system. Our software problems proved to be minimal though and Sharp-aX came to our aid whenever required, so we were able to move forward with total confidence"
Dave Mansfield, Senior Systems and Network Administrator
Apex Grange Ltd
"We wanted to set the company up for the next 15 years with a totally modern Microsoft windows system that has everything we need and all the features that we will need as we grow, and is easy to use. Already it is like having another member of staff and we have all the daily knowledge we need at our fingertips. The sales order processing is splendid"
Simon Carter, Company Manager
Carter Mason Electrical Ltd
"I've looked at different systems and picked Sharp-Ax from Sharp-aX Computer Systems, because it used all modern windows techniques and was by far the best I saw; they are very experienced in electrical wholesalers systems and while they are a large software house which is reassuring, you are still treated as important, whatever size you are"
Jon Bishop, Branch manager