TSG implements Sage 200 and Sage PayPoint for Rogers Gardenstone
Rogers Gardenstone manufactures a wide range of landscaping materials including paving, walling, edging, coping, balustrade, statues and urns, and supplies direct to the public and to the trade.
Rogers Gardenstone remains an innovative family company, and is constantly looking to source new products to manufacture. Formed in 1958 by Brian Rogers the company operates from two factories in the south of England, distributing products throughout the country.
‘TSG has helped reduce the time to process a retail transaction significantly. A transaction that might have taken ten minutes or more can now be completed in less than half a minute’
The customer objectives
The garden product manufacturing business has been trading for almost 50 years, evolving from a one product company to a business that now supplies over 1,000 different products to resellers nationally. Five years ago Rogers Gardenstone decided to invest in computerised tills to help speed up retail transactions, and to provide improved sales information. The company considered different suppliers but TSG was able to provide the electronic point of sale (EPoS) system which could be loaded onto the existing PC network, and interface with Sage Line 100 accounting software. Since then Rogers Gardenstone has continued to invest in its IT infrastructure, and called on TSG to upgrade its financial and EPoS software in line with company growth.
The TSG Solution
TSG has installed Sage PayPoint to replace the original Sage Line 100 sales order processing module, and the whole Line 100 package has been upgraded to Sage 200. The software is Sage’s latest mid-range business product, and offers a powerful accounts and trading solution to companies with complex business processes. Core financial functions include nominal, sales and purchase ledgers, with commercial modules adding stock, price book and order processing functionality. A number of separate bespoke routines have also been replaced by the integrated the Sage 200 development.
Rogers Gardenstone has also signed up to TSG’s SystemCare service, which looks after the full range of IT support issues throughout the organisation. SystemCare gives Rogers Gardenstone the back-up which could be expected from a full in-house IT team, offering rapid response and remote monitoring of systems to ensure that any technical hitches are spotted before they can develop into major problems.
The benefits of Sage 200 and Sage PayPoint to Garden Product Manufacturers
According to Company Director, Dominic Rogers, the IT infrastructure is in great shape following investment in recent years. He says ‘TSG has written a number of bespoke solutions which have improved our information and efficiency. We have a fairly complicated sales discount structure based on volume and customer type, and sales staff had to work out manually what discounts to apply for a given order. With our bespoke software built into the tills, discounts are now applied automatically, and of course this all links into the Sage 200 financial software, improving reporting options. TSG has helped reduce the time to process a retail transaction significantly. A transaction that might have taken ten minutes or more can now be completed in less than half a minute.’
The future for TSG and Rogers Gardenstone
Now that the company has Sage 200 software underpinning its accounting operations, and SystemCare in place, Rogers Gardenstone has seen significant improvements in IT and finance functions. ‘Over the past few years, TSG has ensured our computer network and software meets our requirements and growth,’ explains Dominic. ‘Of course there are always imperfections, but improvements can and have been achieved with the help of TSG, and I look forward to seeing further improvements in the future. We are open to new applications that may come along and will consider additional investment in line with IT advances. We are confident that TSG will continue to advise on the most appropriate upgrades, and only recommend changes that achieve real improvements to the business.’