Cavan’s own GEM Oils introduce “High Performance IT” to help FUEL their impressive growth

GEM Oils, based just outside Cavan at Regaskin, was established in 1962 and now forms part of the GEM group of companies. In 2004 GEM Oils moved into a new purpose built site. GEM Oils take delivery of oil tankers from their carefully selected suppliers and produce a wide range of their own branded lubricants. These lubricants are distributed in a range of plastic containers which are manufactured by their sister company next door, GEM Plastics.

GEM Oils is a long established employer in Cavan and a highly respected brand throughout Irish industry. The company has grown its turnover by 30% over the last 5 years, and have plans in place to continue this path of impressive growth in the future. The company operate at maximum capacity on a daily basis, and so both sales and finance staff saw the requirement to move from their existing purpose written management software. The current management software was nearing its limits in terms of functionality and support, and there was a desire to move to a more secure and interactive solution.

With all this in mind they engaged an IT consultant to investigate possible financial management solutions that would better manage the business, and allow members of staff to become more productive and efficient with their time. This was something they’d been asking for themselves. As a result of this joint management/staff initiative, an increase in both turnover and profitability is now both possible and expected.

Following a process of investigating various Financial / Manufacturing Solutions, Sage 200 Manufacturing seemed to be the best suited to the GEM Oils business processes. GEM Oils met a number of Sage partners but on the advice of their external consultant, decided this time to ask FUEL – High Performance IT, to present Sage Manufacturing to them. With the extensive experience of FUEL’s consultants in Sage 200 and Sage Manufacturing, all seemed much clearer, and GEM Oils decided to move to the next stage of the project.

The Board of GEM Oils then approved FUEL to be their Sage business partner, and following an initial project planning meeting, the project is now at the implementation stage, and on target to meet the agreed schedule to “go live”!

The Sage 200 Manufacturing solution will give GEM Oils a more user friendly and interactive platform. This will speed up the sales process for sales reps and administration staff and provide better use of valuable time both with customers and in the main administration office. The expected additional time that will be made available to the finance staff, will allow for the creation of more meaningful and dynamic reporting, by Helen and her team. This will give Helen a live picture on the everyday business, and also provide the board that she reports to, with a clearer and more meaningful set of reports, on the status of the company.

Kyle Moore, Senior Sage Consultant from FUEL is now working closely with Helen Milligan, GEM Oils’ Managing Director and her staff, to ensure a successful conclusion to the project.

Helen and her staff have accumulated over 360 years of experience in the Oil Distribution business between them. It is very clear when talking to all the staff at GEM Oils, that the success of the company, is driven by the whole company and not just the board of directors. With this in mind, the future with the new Sage 200 Manufacturing solution implemented, is keenly anticipated. This should assure GEM Oils continuing to be a major Co Cavan employer for years to come.

Kyle Moore commented, “The implementation is immensely helped when the whole company, both management and staff, commit their time and efforts into the project. The combining of the expertise in the different departments of GEM Oils, will deliver a system which will benefit the company as a whole”

“We are delighted to work with Fuel, who are a very “hands-on” company. We are excited for the opportunities that the successful implementation of Sage 200 will bring to our company” commented Helen Milligan, Managing Director of GEM Oils.

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