Briarwood are the UK’s largest supplier and manufacturer of fibre cement roof sheets, which they manufacturer from their own production facility in Italy and distribute nationwide via their own specialist transport fleet.
They were established in 1978 by innovative farmer Alan Janes, who started sourcing the best roofing products for his own farm buildings to improve the welfare of his livestock – soon selling these products to other local farmers. They began distributing the highest quality fibre cement profiled sheets in 1992 after Alan discovered them in Italy, and have continued to expand rapidly ever since – even acquiring the Italian supplier in 2020.
Due to their massive growth over the last couple of years – turning a £12m turnover in March 2020 into a £30m turnover in March 2021 – Briarwood realised they needed to replace their current Sage 50 software with a solution that could grow with them, provide efficiency and automate day to day routines as much as possible.
As well as the iQ software solution, they have also placed their order to host the application in Blue Rock Systems’ dedicated hosting centre. By doing so, they intend to take the pressure off their need to maintain a central server themselves and provide a more stable and guaranteed delivery of the system to all users across the organisation and enable seamless expansion.
Simon Barber, Sales Manager commented:
“The Briarwood site is amongst one of the most impressive in terms of size I have ever been to, the warehousing capacity is huge!
As a team they are working from Excel sheets and personal knowledge to keep things running, iQ will be perfect to help them get control of the day-to-day processes within their growing organisation.
We all look forward to working with the team at Briarwood Products for many years to come.”
Oliver Janes, Managing Director at Briarwood Products added:
“Our general manager, Andy McEvoy, had used the iQ system, installed by Blue Rock, in a previous life and knew how powerful and comprehensive the system was.
After meeting with the team at Blue Rock we knew they were the perfect partner for us moving forward.
Our business has grown exponentially in the past few years and iQ is essential to help us keep a handle on that growth moving forward.”