Invest NI Helps Local Firm Engineer Success

Sep 15, 2005

Local company Weldcraft Engineering Supplies Ltd based on Beersbridge Road, Belfast has made real business improvements with the help of Invest Northern Ireland.

With support from the agency’s broadband advisory service, co-funded by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity fund, the company has dramatically improved its internal communication system.

A specialist provider of cutting and welding equipment Weldcraft Engineering Supplies Ltd recently contacted Invest NI for advice and guidance on how to update their ICT systems.

“Even though our head office in Dublin is completely computerised we had a very antiquated computer system that we needed to upgrade. The solution offered and the advice we received from Invest NI was excellent. It gave us the confidence to go the whole way,” commented Richard McDonald, Regional Sales Manager with Weldcraft Engineering Supplies Ltd.

With Invest NI’s support the company installed a new computer system and increased staff training levels to make full use of the new equipment.

“We have found the new ICT equipment to be invaluable. We are making full use of our e-mail system and now do all of our banking and invoicing electronically. Our next steps are to establish remote access to our computer systems and computerise our entire stock control system,” continued Richard.

Commenting on the importance of broadband for business Alan Neville, Director of Knowledge Management with Invest NI said: “It is widely acknowledged that broadband connectivity is having a major influence on enhancing the competitiveness of businesses. By using this technology local firms across Northern Ireland will be able to put themselves on a level playing field with rival companies worldwide.”

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