Oldest business in Coventry embarks on NetSuite journey to future proof business for generations to come

“We invested a lot of time and effort in developing our current system at Astleys but we realised we needed something that would improve our business as our company evolves and we required a solution that would streamline and enhance our existing processes to make us more efficient.”
David Astley, Operations Director
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  • Industry

    Wholesale distribution

  • Location

    Coventry, UK

  • Challenges

    Outdated IT systems

  • Products implemented

    NetSuite OneWorld

Established in 1730 and reputed to be the oldest continually trading company in Coventry, Astleys are a family-owned and managed business with over 4,000 customers from all types of operations.

The business operates from a modern purpose-built warehouse and offices which also includes a trade counter sales area, and offers a range of over 15,000 products across a huge spectrum of categories from cleaning and hygiene materials, to safety footwear to PPE clothing, hand and power tools and so much more.

What was the problem?

Astleys have been running and managing its own proprietary software system for nearly 40 years. The incumbent system is a heavily bespoke application written using the Mumps programming language, with Caché as the database. Mumps was first developed in 1966 and the latest release was released in 1995. Whilst highly customised and developed, Astleys’ system has now reached end of life. NetSuite offers a robust, future-proof solution that Astleys believe is essential to the development and security of the Company.

What did BrightBridge do?

As part of the business systems selection process, Astleys reviewed several competitive offerings but ultimately chose the NetSuite solution based on the business case presented by BrightBridge.

David Astley explained, “BrightBridge listened closely to our needs and took the time to understand our business. Selecting a new business management system is not something we do every day and we had to make sure we selected the right system as well at the right partner to implement the solution. BrightBridge met with us many times and allayed any concerns or fears we had via their consultative approach. They have been responsive when we needed them to be and their guidance and expertise through the selection process with the NetSuite solution has been invaluable to us.” David continued, “The senior management team were all involved in the decision process and are massively enthused about the clear time and efficiency savings that would be gained by using NetSuite.”

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