Category Archives : Drinks Distribution


Recognising our customers. Merlin’s User of the Month for November 2013…

“After rekindling Merlin’s ‘User of the month’ campaign in October, the winner of the November ‘User of the Month’ accolade is Tim Merridew, IT Systems Manager, at Cherwell.”  As Russell Marsden, Marketing Manager declared “Tim, a trained Developer, has been selected for utilising Merlin’s Web Service Tool Set to create My Cherwell Online.”

Cherwell are a midlands based supplier of cleaning, hygiene and catering products and a leading member of the Nationwide Hygiene Group, the UK’s largest cleaning and hygiene supplies distribution group.

Tim Merridew explained that “My Cherwell Online, as its name suggests, is a customer-focussed online portal where customers can set up their account in a way which exactly matches how they go about purchasing consumables in their organisation. If required, order lists can also be defined which limit the products that an individual user is allowed to purchase and their expenditure can be controlled by setting a budget”. As Tim Merridew continued: “Merlin Business Software is written in such a way, that’s easy for an external developer, like myself, to understand quickly its underlying logic and workflow and be able to utilise this powerful resource, without the need for any specific or formal training.”

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Instock Disposables: Our Hosted Experience

Having dealt with Merlin Business Software since 2004 we have recently upgraded to the latest version of Merlin.  We are delighted we did as the new system has improved our efficiency immensely and has brought great benefits to our customers.

We have also taken a giant leap in technology by having our system hosted.  Business Continuity is an extremely important factor to us and the hosting solution allows us to access our system anywhere there is internet access.  This allows our depots to work independently, without the need for a connection to Head Office, enabling this continuity and giving our customers peace of mind.

Our concerns over system downtime during the upgrade were unfounded since the transition when we moved to the hosting centre was seamless across our multi depot organisation.

We can only thank Merlin for all their efforts and wonder why we waited so long to take the plunge!

Karen Main, IT Manager, Instock Disposables


English wine: Is sparkling wine better in England than France?

The Duchess of Cornwall has called for a new name for English sparkling wine to match the grandeur of champagne. And for the first time, domestic wine is the most popular in the government’s cellar. Have Britons developed a taste for a home-grown tipple?

English wine has grown up. Today it regularly wins awards – there were four gold medals at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) this year.

But is there something holding English wine back? It accounts for just 0.25% of total wine sales in the UK, according to industry body English Wine Producers.

Read the full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23008300