New name for Sunderland software firm

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A WEARSIDE software firm is in new hands.

Washington-based Datawright is to change its name after being snapped up by Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited (KCS).

Datawright will become KCS Manufacturing Solutions, and its Kingfisher software will rebranded as K8 Manufacturing.

The firm’s client base is in the UK, China, Sweden, UAE and the US will be complemented by KCS’ presence in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and a host of other countries.

Datawright manging director Jim Symonds said: “This is a very positive move both for our customers and our people.

“Having known KCS for many years, I believe our cultures are remarkably similar. We both work extremely closely
with our customers and have the same strong work ethic.

“The greater development capability, resource and market presence of the combined organisation means our customers will be able to benefit from better products, broader knowledge and experience together with a larger user community.

“The KCS expansion plan will also mean career development opportunities for our staff which are important considerations in the fast-changing world of IT.

“After 10 years as a Datawright customer and 18 years with the company, I am proud to be able to hand over the reins to the safe hands of Kerridge Commercial Systems, whose drive and integrity will take the company forward.”

KCS boss Ian Bendelow added: “The two companies have known each other for many years and share a common technology platform.

“We will immediately set about integrating the two systems to provide a single solution which will bring significant additional benefits to our customers.

“I’d like to thank Jim for his tremendous support.

“We have a great opportunity
to deliver considerable benefits to our customers and staff.

“We will continue to grow the business by making sure that we bring easy to use, scalable and flexible solutions to help our customers become more successful and more profitable.”

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