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Ellis Steel Group Ltd

The Ellis Steel Group is a long established privately owned steel stock holder and processor (www.ellissteelgroup.co.uk). Its origins are in South Wales but in recent years and under the stewardship of Robert Ellis, the group has expanded and now constitutes seven trading companies with depots in Milford Haven, Swansea, Bristol, Swindon and Scotland. Each of the companies has its own unique character and is skilled in providing their customers with the products, services and values that they demand.

Managing a diverse group of companies like those of the Ellis Steel Group presents its own set of challenges and opportunities.  Stock management, transportation, procurement and accountancy, to name but a few, all require well thought out and flexible solutions. Striking the right balance between centralised functions that can deliver cost savings and local independence that can deliver flexibility isn’t easily achieved. In the case of the Ellis group, this is achieved by managing each trading company with only a light hand on the tiller so allowing them individually to explore the business opportunities that present themselves.

One important element that is always needed to support a company’s business expansion and management style is a modern, flexible and scalable IT system. It was back in September of 2007 that Robert Ellis concluded his review of the available IT systems and opted for PCI’s prof.IT applications. The PCI prof.IT system offered him the modern, flexible and scalable system he was looking for. “With over 25 years of experience in the metals sector PCI’s prof.IT system provided the modern industry specific system I was looking for” said Robert Ellis. Since 2007, PCI have been able to update the Ellis Group’s IT infrastructure to meet their growing needs. With its servers based in Swansea each company is connected via ADSL lines that feed into the optic fibre connections to the servers; this configuration provides a faster and more resilient network.

Each of the trading companies is unique with different product ranges and service objectives ranging from cut and bent work and structural sections for the construction trades to nuts, bolts and architectural wrought iron for the specialist builder. The prof.IT system offers all the core functions that a steel company needs along with extra modules to cover areas like a trade counter or fully certified traceability.

“The decision I made back in 2007 to start a long term partnership with PCI has proved to be a good one. The prof.IT system has helped me both manage and expand the group. I’m confident that this relationship will prosper for many years to come.” Robert Ellis

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