JWA TOOLING Ltd Success Story
JWA Tooling is a family business established in 1985 by husband and wife John Wood (Managing Director) and Norma (Company Secretary)
For thirty years, they have maintained an admirable reputation for outstanding quality, craftsmanship and consultative services, offering top class problem-solving and high precision manufacturing solutions to the Aerospace, Automotive, Defence and Motor Sport Industries. By continually investing in people, technology and the most up-to-date machinery, combined with their experience, they pride themselves on producing quality work of the highest calibre.
In 2001, following years of continued growth JWA relocated from their rented units in South Leicester to their own premises strategically situated next to the M1 motorway in Leicester on the prestigious Meridian Business Park.
With a staff of twelve, JWA have an annual turnover of £1.25 million, operating on a single day shift.
Until 2011, JWA had, initially, a completely hand-written system and then implemented a basic MS:Access system for Quotes, Delivery Notes and Invoices.
Director Peter Wood commented, "It was hopelessly inefficient – we had no means of control over running the business, sales, deliveries, etc., or even over our profit and loss areas. We had an annual turnover of £800,000 at that time. It was time to move on! I went on-line and found a couple of systems which we looked at, but neither was suitable, or gave us what we needed. I then went to the MACH Show in Birmingham in 2011 where I saw Tricorn Systems had a stand. I spoke to them, had a demonstration and realised theirs was the right system for our business."
Peter said they had a two-day installation and training period, which went brilliantly. The back-up and ongoing support are excellent – the team responds to questions and queries almost immediately, usually remotely and are always helpful and supportive.
Impact on Business
Peter concluded, "I can’t believe the difference Tricorn’s system has made to our business. It has very much been embedded into the heart of our organisation and is used for everything from sales order processing to production planning and delivering reports against customer KPI’s and it has made us more efficient than I ever thought possible. "
He continued, "Both staff and customers are happier because it presents real data for everyone to know the scheduling for work and deliveries; it has made a huge difference to quality control and given me more time to devote to developing the business. The result is a 50% increase in turnover with the same number of staff since the system was installed. Tricorn have a great team, doing a great job, who are constantly looking for ways to update and improve the system and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing their ‘new releases’!"
Customer: JWA Tooling Ltd
Industries: Aerospace, Automotive, Defence and Motor Sport
Contact: Peter Wood, Director
JWA Tooling was founded in 1985 and moved to their own premises at their current location in the Meridian Business Park in late 2001.
Employing twelve staff, they have an annual turnover of over £1.25m.