New team to support further growth

One of the UK’s leading enterprise software specialists has appointed a new management team in preparation for further growth.

Vanilla Solutions recently announced record results, with turnover up by almost 50 per cent, and its directors are confident the recently completed restructure will lead to yet further success.

“We’ve appointed five new heads of department and we’re sure our new management team will take us to the next level,” explained Director Andy Bell.

“Three of the managers have been appointed from within, and two were external appointments. Now the team is in place, fellow director Jason Belcher and I will have more time to look at our strategy for further growth. The new team will report in to both of us,” he added.

The five new appointments are:

  • Gordon McAlpine (Head of Business Intelligence)
  • Mike Hollifield (Head of Technology)
  • Paul Darwin (Head of Consulting)
  • Claire Valentine (Head of Support)
  • Janine Proctor (Head of Delivery)

Andy explained: “Their main responsibility is to ensure we have the right resources with the right skillset available to support our customers. A top priority will be internal training and personal development plans, in line with our ISO 9001 annual review process.  However, the team will also be looking externally for emerging technologies and trends to ensure our wider team, and therefore our customers, are up to date with the latest software solutions and processes.”

Vanilla’s new structure has been shaped in part by Non-Executive Director Simon Ball, who has brought many years of experience in delivering excellence to the business software consulting market.  Since beginning to work with Vanilla in 2014, Simon has established more structure to its business planning and control processes, has helped to guide the company through the development of its own project delivery methodology and has laid the foundations for its ISO9001 and forthcoming ISO27001 accreditations.  He has also taken an important role in some of their large projects.  Now that a full-time management team is in place, Simon will be stepping back from his role to focus on new challenges outside of the business.

Vanilla Solutions has offices in Grimsby and Newcastle and is one of Europe’s leading providers of IFS applications-related services, offering consultancy, support and products to the wider ERP market. Clients include BAE, Babcock, Skanska and Largo Foods, and the company employs 27 people across the UK.

Earlier this month, the company reported turnover had increased to £3.5m in 2017 from £2.4m in 2016, with the key drivers of growth being expansion in the construction, engineering and offshore markets.

The company saw UK sales increase by 66 per cent in the period and was reported a 23 per cent uplift in sales in mainland Europe. Gross profit remained at the same level as 2016, and profit before tax was 34 per cent.