Category Archives : Tools and Hardware Supplies


Merlin Business Software become the latest approved supplier of the NMBS

Merlin Business Software is delighted to have been accepted by the NMBS Board as members and appointed as an approved supplier.

Chris Hayward, Managing Director at NMBS says. “At NMBS we are always keen to give our members the very best choice when considering purchasing their products and this is no more important than when offering our members access to the right software suppliers for their back office systems. We are therefore very pleased to welcome Merlin Business Software as a recognised supplier to our members.”

Ashley Jones, Merlin’s Sales and Marketing Director, says. “As Merlin Business Software has been supplying Merchants for over 40 years it’s interesting to note that 5% of NMBS Members, approximately 50 Merchants, already use Merlin solutions. It therefore made natural sense for us to align ourselves closely with NMBS, as we consider them to be the leading Buying Society for the Merchants sector; particularly in light of the newly formed NMBS – UNIMER “Super Group” for Independent Merchants.” Ashley continued “We look forward to developing a long and successful relationship with the NMBS and their members; as we, like the NMBS, are committed to strengthening and adding value to our customers in the sector.”

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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


What you need to know about PaaS

Most businesses are familiar with cloud computing and its ability to deliver agility, scalability, convenience of anywhere access and drive down costs. However, there is a compelling case for organisations to venture further, utilising “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) to further accelerate innovation.

PaaS accelerates the development and deployment of a variety of applications, whether web-based or mobile, B2B or B2C.

What exactly is PaaS?

PaaS is a cloud-computing platform that is provided online by a cloud services vendor. The platform allows organisations to deploy and run business-critical software in the cloud, without ever having to worry about purchasing, installing or maintaining a sophisticated IT infrastructure: you just get to focus on your business, everything else is done for you, as an on-demand pay-per-use service.

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UK manufacturing ‘strongest growth for three years’

The UK’s manufacturing sector picked up further in November to its strongest level for almost three years, according to a closely watched survey.

The Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also showed employment in the sector grew.

The news adds to other recent data showing that the UK economy is putting the economic crisis years behind it.

The PMI stood at 58.4 in November, its highest since February 2011. A reading over 50 indicates growth.

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