By Stephen Jones, Unleashed Director of UK Operations
It was an absolute pleasure spending last weekend in London’s West End, supporting the UK’s food and beverage scene and talking about how software can help businesses on their journey.
I was humbled by how many founders joined me for How Tech Can Grow Your Business & Keep You Lean, a talk I hosted. We focused on how they can best implement software in their developing small businesses to ensure they can stay lean as they grow. To those of you sat cross-legged on the floor for an hour, I salute you!
I learned a lot about current trends in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, the founders gave me a sense of how they are operating; what they need from their software solutions and what in particular a tool like Unleashed can do to help them grow.
- Ease of use is paramount, founders are too busy growing their businesses for complicated set-ups
- Adopting a new software is about value rather than cost – the right software is an investment as long as that value is demonstrated
- Inventory management can be sexy! Often it’s not the first consideration for a small manufacturing business, but becomes increasingly important, and even fun!
- Warehouse or production space often isn’t on the cards for a business just getting started – almost everyone I spoke to was fulfilling orders from home, from a third-party logistics firm or using a co-packer
Oh and the chance to get these pioneering small business owners away from time draining spreadsheets, the new mission!
Food and beverage manufacturers can start small and grow big very quickly, so I look at the best ways possible to get them on this track. Most benefit enormously from setup help with new software and ongoing training – they should be focused on scaling up and increasing their profits, and shouldn’t have to just get by on on their own. The more help I can provide initially, the more benefits small businesses will see in the long term.