18th May 2020 | 3 min read

An integrated solution

Excel Connect streamlines processes for pet food brand

Mark Womersley, Finance Director of Burgess Pet Care has been working with Datel to implement Excel Connect, starting with two of it’s great time-saving functions.

We love our pets, and we increasingly care about what they eat. As a result, the pet food market is expanding rapidly. Burgess Pet Care is one of the UK’s leading pet food manufacturers producing nutritionally balanced food for our furry friends. As a growing company, they needed a data entry solution that would save them time, and money. 

  • Seamless integration with Sage

Posting journal entries into Sage was a highly manual task for the Financial Controller and Management Accountant, impacting how fast they could produce their month-end reports.

“We were spending a huge amount of time manually posting journals as part of month end.”

Thanks to the Nominal Ledger function, the team now inserts their data into an Excel worksheet as usual and Excel Connect then pushes it into Sage at a click of a button. This saves a considerable amount of time while also creating much less room for error since the data is sent to the journals in the same format every time.

  • Saving time, saving money

Burgess Pet Care has also been taking advantage of the Sales Ledger Cash function of Excel Connect. Again, the credit  controller have been manually allocating cash received into Sage, taking up unnecessary time. With SL Cash, all the information is fed in on one line of an Excel Spreadsheet, rather than having to go through multiple screens as previously.

“The benefits of the SL Cash are clear. I think we’re saving at least half a day a week, which is 26 days a year or about ten percent of a person's time.”

The advantages of Excel Connect are clear to Mark and he’s looking forward to introducing new functions in the future, adding: “We’re thinking about how Price List can give us benefits next.”