Simon Lyth uses Kudos Software to support his Solent based marine business
SAL Marine is a trusted name in the boat sales and services business. They have been using Kudos Workshop and Retail software since 2006.
Managing Director, Simon Lyth, had heard about Kudos through another dealer who was using the software and Simon decided to invest in Kudos Workshop and Retail software.
A few years later, Simon invested in Kudos again and installed the same software in three additional businesses – Power Afloat, Keyhaven and Dave Crawford Marine. As the businesses are based on the same model it made sense for them all to use the same software package.
“Using Kudos Workshop and Retail brings the office and workshop together which makes running the business a lot easier.”
Simon Lyth – Managing Director
For instance, the software provides a huge amount of information on jobs. It enables the company to create estimates that go straight into the job. This makes things far simpler and saves time. Also, it keeps track of progress including costs alongside customer details and others involved in the job, so everyone can be kept up-to-date.
Simon reckons the main advantage of this system is that you can store details on the marine manufacturers and suppliers in one place, including parts, current prices and stock levels. This data is instantly accessible and makes ordering simple and quick. In particular, the fact the software allows you to add as many manufacturers as you need “is superb”, says Simon.
When the team is out of the office they can access information about their customers, find part numbers and prices or check stock levels, which is useful and saves yet more time.
Although Kudos has overseen the installation of their systems, the company has never taken advantage of the on-going training services which, with hindsight, they reckon would have been beneficial. However, Simon says he “couldn’t survive” without the Kudos Workshop and Kudos Retail software and thinks it is still the best system available. He would “definitely” recommend Kudos to other businesses.