The Everards Story

William Everard brewed the first pint of Everards ale in 1849, and stated ‘No effort shall be found wanting in the production and supply of genuine ale of first-rate quality’.  Today, over 165 years later, Everards Brewery remains a family run company with fifth generation family Chairman, Richard Everard at the helm. Its values echo that of William Everard - providing first-rate quality products and services to their customers.

Everards have over 175 independently tenanted pubs, all located within a 70-mile radius of the Leicestershire brewery. The pubs vary from village inns to city centre venues and community locals. Each one proudly selling a range of award winning ales including Tiger Best Bitter, Original Ale and Sunchaser Blonde.

Everards believe in combining innovation and modern technology with traditional values and hold firm to their philosophy of tradition with ambition! As the company looks towards the future it is with the aspiration of developing the business for future generations and continuing the legacy of brewing fine quality ales.

“nOra helps to make the process of workflow seamless and has proved invaluable.”

Business Requirements

When their existing accounting system was due for an upgrade, Everards embraced the opportunity to evaluate their current and future needs. They wanted a solution that could integrate with their existing Microsoft estate and leverage their in-house skills.  Everards also wanted a solution that could be tailored to the brewery sector and could keep pace with its ambitious expansion plans.

The Solution

Everards selected Microsoft Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central for its advanced functionality and reliability but also because it could be seamlessly integrated with Drink-IT®, a software solution that delivers specific beverage industry functionality.

Steve Tice, IT Manager, from Everards comments: ‘Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central was an easy choice once we saw the enhanced functionality it could deliver in conjunction with Drink-IT®. The solution also appealed to us because we have good in-house Microsoft skills and use Microsoft SQL databases throughout the business.  On the occasions when we don’t know the answer, The NAV | 365 People always do! Their in-depth understanding of integrating the two solutions and their expertise in adapting it to our needs is exactly why we selected to work with them.’

“The combined solution of Microsoft Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central and Drink-IT® has enabled Everards to optimise its entire value chain.”

Blended to Perfection

The combined solution of Microsoft Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central and Drink-IT® has enabled Everards to optimise its entire value chain. The solution is used extensively throughout the business, including within sales, property management, warehouse and distribution, finance, accounting and tax management.

Today, the unified solution of Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central and Drink-IT® represents the core business system used across Everards. The NAV | 365 People have worked with the company to integrate its telesales system, with sales orders now being submitted directly in to NAV | 365 Business Central.  Additionally, all customer contact information is managed and stored within Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central and serves as the single source of truth for a number of other business systems within the company. 

Steve comments: ’Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central has increased visibility across the business and it made sense to connect other systems into it, developing a single repository of information. The result has been an improvement in data integrity and process efficiencies across the business.’

Upgrading The NAV | 365 People Way! 

In 2015, after using Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central for several years, Everards wanted to add features to their existing platform and extend the solution’s capabilities.  They selected the nAblement Suite, a set of workflow and document management applications created by The NAV | 365 People and certified by Microsoft. This new software suite delivered some fantastic features and a very dedicated employee!

New employee nOra (an acronym for NAV Online Response Assistant), is a permanently logged-in user of Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central, with access to her own email. nOra helps to make the process of workflow seamless and has proved invaluable.

When Everards migrated the Property Management department onto Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central from their old solution, they were quickly able to train the team and deliver tangible business benefits through streamlining their practices. Previously, the property management team had to manually manage the purchase order approval, today the entire process is fully automated, nOra does it all!

Steve remarks: ‘We went live with the upgrade in October 2015 and the whole process went without a hitch. The NAV | 365 People were on site during the transition and were very proactive throughout the entire process. The solution we have today is seamlessly blended and immensely intuitive, it delivers a great user experience.’

"We moved to The NAV | 365 People from our previous IT partner four years ago and it has proved to be a rewarding decision."

Bringing data to life with Jet Reports

The system previously used by the Property Management department had limited reporting functionality which proved challenging to the team as they struggled to track budgets and manage costs. Since deploying Jet Reports, the department now has a clear view of accounts across the entire property portfolio.

Jet Reports is also used extensively within the Finance department for the reporting of management accounts and aged debt reports. It has simplified the reporting process and in many cases completely automated it.

Steve comments: ‘The finance team love how easy Jet Reports is to use, it has improved their day to day workload and they are fully self-sufficient on the solution. It has resulted in a significant improvement in the way we produce our reports.’

The finance team love how easy Jet Reports is to use, it has improved their day to day workload and they are fully self-sufficient on the solution.

Business Benefits

  • Process efficiency: Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central has eliminated repetitive processes and reduced the need to manually enter information. Use of nOra has fully automated the purchase order approvals process within the Property Management department.
  • Business Clarity: Increased visibility of financial transactions across the business has delivered a single centralised view enabling improved decision-making.
  • Scalable and reliable: Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central integrated with Drink-IT® provides a robust, reliable and flexible platform that can grow and change with the business.

Steve concludes: ‘We moved to The NAV | 365 People from our previous IT partner four years ago and it has proved to be a rewarding decision. The team have delivered an upgraded platform with the functionality to support our needs today and into the future. We have several developments in the pipeline to provide improved services to our customers and in The NAV | 365 People we have a partner with the expertise and experience to deliver our vision.’

"...their expertise in adapting it to our needs is exactly why we selected to work with them."

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