Snap orders are healthy

Datawright's Ian Farrar left) with city coucil deputy leader Coun Henry Trueman
Datawright's Ian Farrar left) with city coucil deputy leader Coun Henry Trueman
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PORTFOLIO Award-winning software specialist Datawright Computer Services is celebrating after winning two major contracts.

The company’s Snap Invoice Management System has been bought by Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed specialist residential landlord and a FTSE 250 company and Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the largest community healthcare organisation in London.

Snap is now live across the NHS trust. Grainger plc has installed the software in its offices in Belgium and Luxembourg, a move that has helped Datawright quadruple its exports.

Breaking into the health sector has also given the company a new domestic sector to focus on.

The roll-out of the new product and the development of new overseas markets has been made possible by taking on five new staff and installing new equipment, with financial support and advice from Sunderland City Council’s business investment team.

Commercial director Ian Farrar said: “The council’s flexible and friendly approach is remarkable.

“The paperwork was simple to complete, we didn’t have a lengthy approval process and we were helped through each stage of the application.

“The support from the business investment team has meant we were able to bring a new product to market quickly and this has allowed me to concentrate more of my time on exports. The quadrupling of our export sales shows just how vital the input from the council has been in helping us to expand.”

Datawright scooped the Technology Award in last year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards – and Ian is preparing to enter this year’s awards, too.

The deadline for entries is this Friday.

“There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain from entering,” he said.

“The exposure you get from it and the recognition from your peers is certainly worth it.

“It went down a storm with everyone last year.”

Coun Henry Trueman, city council deputy leader, said: “Datawright’s exporting success, new contract wins and expansion is fantastic news, and boosts our reputation as a leading software city.”

The city council is again our main awards sponsor and others include Thompson’s Building Centres, Azure, Gentoo, CES Group, Northumbrian Water, Verum Victum, Press Ahead, The Bridges, SAFC, Seaham Hall, Morton’s solicitors and TTR Barnes.

To enter or to book a table for October’s presentation evening, go to www.sunderlandecho.com and click on the link or visit www.echoportfolioawards.co.uk