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Speedy Hire roll-out streamlined finance and reporting systems with Microsoft Dynamics AX

 

Speedy Hire, the UK’s number one equipment hire company, is working in partnership with IT Consultancy and software solutions provider, Touchstone Group, to roll-out an integrated Microsoft Hire, Financial accounting and Reporting software solution across its UK Operation. Speedy’s 32 depots in Scotland together with the local Scottish Head Office have now been migrated onto the system but this deployment will eventually enable Speedy Hire to consolidate all of its Hire, Financial Accounting and Management reporting processes with in excess of 1,200 users on one software platform and one database across the UK. In essence, Speedy is underpinning its ‘One Speedy’ vision with state of the art information systems.

Speedy Hire has a multi-site structure across 12 different companies, operating from over 350 depots throughout the country. It has now grown to employ more than 3,500 people.  John Bottoms, Chief Information Officer for Speedy Hire, comments, “Prior to implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX, each company within the Group had its own version of software which was used mainly as an invoicing engine for hire contracts. This meant 12 different databases were maintained independently of each other with customers receiving multiple invoices from different Speedy companies.”

Bottoms continues, “We specified that the new system had to allow all our trading entities to do business, and to be accountable, as individual entities. However, it was of key importance that our customers and suppliers can deal with ‘One Speedy’ if they so wish. The sophisticated Microsoft Dynamics AX Software allows us to achieve both objectives. As the roll-out progresses, the single database concept will also provide improved performance indicators thus giving a better gauge of Group effectiveness as we continue to grow.”

Bottoms adds, “Speedy Scotland is the first step in the roll-out implementation program which will result in all Speedy companies using a one database solution across the Group. Touchstone Group has been extremely responsive from the initial consultation right through to the implementation and ‘go-live’ of the new systems and, as a result, we have built up a strong working relationship which will drive the project to completion.”

Chris Town, Divisional Managing Director, Touchstone Group, comments, “Speedy Hire has a strong vision of what it wants to achieve through the use of technology. Touchstone Group has established a great working relationship with the Speedy management team and we look forward to helping them realise the ‘One Speedy’ vision and all of the competitive business advantages that go with it.”

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