CPiO, in partnership with Sage hosted a breakfast briefing on the morning of Tuesday 4th June for members of the IoD centring on the theme ‘blueprint for growth’.
As more and more organisations identify opportunities for growth, Sage and CPiO took the opportunity to share the experiences they have had working with just such companies who have seized an opportunity to develop into new, global markets and are reaping substantial rewards.
CPiO Limited is a leading West Midlands based Sage business partner, specialising in Sage 200, Sage ERP X3, Sage ERP 1000, Sage CRM and SalesLogix. With over 400 customers in various industry sectors, CPiO works with many household names, such as the Lloyds TSB Development, Road Angel, Morgan Motor Company and The Heritage Motor Museum, as well as many other emerging names.
The focus of the morning was building confidence in SME’s and how Sage together with CPiO can help ‘de-risk’ business ventures by providing a stable platform from which to launch and manage an ambitious growth strategy.
A top line up of speakers from Barclays, UKTI, CPiO and Squires Group presented to the 60 delegates. Gregg McCall, International & Trade Business Manager and Chloe Alcock, Business Development Manager both from Barclays, spoke around growth through export, detailing why international trade is so important, where and how to start and offered advice on understanding cash flow cycles, payment options and foreign exchange markets. Barclays were also joined by Steve Havins, Partnership Manager from UK Trade & Investment who offered insight into routes to market.
Phil Snowe, ERP Consultant at CPiO and Tom Dutton, Operations Director at Squires Group staged a ‘live case study’ based on the story of CPiO underpinning a global business model for Squires Group.
Based in Farnham, Surrey, Squires Group manufactures and distributes products for cake decorating and sugarcraft. Following an impressive period of growth over the past 5 years, the company has expanded overseas into Spain, Germany, Italy and France. The case study offered insight into Squires’ business, talking around its success to date and its plans to further expand globally. A key topic was ‘Europe on a shoestring’ whereby the pair discussed how businesses can most effectively and economically break into international markets based on Squires Group’s recent experience.
Tom expressed how Sage 200 and Intellisell, the eCommerce solution from CPiO, has given them a stable platform on which to grow and underpinned the importance of working with a trusted business partner, having good business processes in place as well as a solid IT solution. The presentation took the form of an informal question and answer session between Phil and Tom.
The breakfast briefing demonstrated how the growth plans of a current UK business have been underpinned by strong business management software and the support and advice of Sage, CPIO and Barclays Bank, enabling them to easily service new customers whilst minimising additional cost.
The transition to Sage ERP 1000 v4 has been very smooth, with very little or no disruption to the users.