The Ludlow Nut Company is not a food factory mass producing in huge volumes, but a small artisan producer of healthy food, using only the finest, natural ingredients.
As well as producing a wide range of healthy food under its own product labels, the business provides luxury breakfast cereals, roasted & flavoured nuts, activated nuts and an extensive range of nut butters for customers who use their own branding.
This meant an added complication to its previous processes for its ten staff from its base in Foldgate Lane, Ludlow.
Helen contacted The Marches Growth Hub about digitising its systems and she was advised to get in touch with Made Smarter West Midlands.
That led to Barry Jones, Digital Transformation Specialist for Made Smarter in Shropshire, visiting Helen at their premises along with Denis Pelych from WMG at the University of Warwick, which is one of Made Smarter’s strategic partners.
Helen said: “I showed Barry and Denis around our premises and talked them through our processes.
“They helped with recommending various MRP providers to obtain quotes from and then sat in on the initial meetings with the suppliers and asked pertinent questions since they had a greater understanding of MRP systems than I did.
“That helped in the selection process and once we had decided which company we were going to go with, Barry and Denis attended quite a lot of the implementation meetings with us which was really helpful.”
Barry Jones said: “The Ludlow Nut Company is a perfect example of the kind of small businesses that Made Smarter West Midlands can make a real difference to their day-to-day operations by introducing a digital system which staff feel comfortable in using.
“They are now in a position where the MRP software is being used to its maximum to benefit the business and the initial hiccups have been overcome with the help of Made Smarter West Midlands and WMG.”