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The Scottish Salmon Company

Staff will be able to request holidays and those on an annualised contract can instantly find out their hours worked

Salmon company rolls-out RealFlair’s solution from Advanced Business Solutions

The Scottish Salmon Company, the leading independent producer of superior Scottish salmon, is implementing a Workforce Optimisation solution to increase operational efficiency and support the company’s plan to double salmon production (to 40,000 tonnes) within the next five years.

The Scottish Salmon Company has contracted Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) to provide a Workforce Optimisation solution from resource management development company, RealFlair. Workforce Optimisation is being integrated with The Scottish Salmon Company’s existing Advanced human resource system (OpenPeople) and will be live in June 2012.

Workforce Optimisation is a web-based solution that will be rolled-out to 100 staff members at the headquarters in Edinburgh and the company’s two processing units in Stornoway and Argyll. It will subsequently be rolled-out to more than 40 marine and freshwater sites.

The RealFlair solution, which will replace Excel timesheets, will prove key to managing complex staff rostering needs. The solution will also provide managers with full visibility of the company’s comprehensive staff roster at the touch of a button. This will help to save time, frustration and costs associated with traditional scheduling methods.

Debra Nichol-Storie, HR Director, The Scottish Salmon Company, says, “Our existing rostering solution is manually-intensive and does not provide instant visibility of which staff are working and when. We recognised the need for a solution that could better support our rostering needs and which is able to manage an annualised hours system.”

The Scottish Salmon Company’s HR system provider, Advanced, recommended Workforce Optimisation from RealFlair as it is ideal for organisations with complex staff rostering needs. It also seamlessly integrates with Advanced’s OpenPeople HR system which The Scottish Salmon Company has been using for the past five years. Advanced signed a partnership agreement with RealFlair Limited in 2011.

Workforce Optimisation provides managers with the necessary information and foresight to assign the most cost-effective employees to certain shifts, minimising costly overtime. It also enables managers to match available staff resources to business demand, further cutting labour costs. In addition, managers have more control over hours worked and are able to monitor and record annualised hours, better manage absenteeism and electronically authorise holidays.

Nichol-Storie says, “The new Workforce Optimisation solution will enable smarter rostering, improving efficiencies and cutting costs. The administration time freed-up with the new solution will be used for value-adding activities, enabling improved business performance and supporting our ambitious growth plans.”

Nichol-Storie adds, “Life will also be easier for staff when they are up and running with the new solution. Staff will be able to request holidays and those on an annualised contract can instantly find out their hours worked – it’s the most user-friendly rostering solution on the market!”


Notes to Editors

About Scottish Salmon

Scottish Salmon currently produces 20,000 tonnes of salmon representing 20 per cent of all Scottish salmon production. The company employs 380 members of staff and supplies to processors, major retailers, fishmongers and smokers both nationally and internationally.

Scottish Salmon has over 40 sites and two processing plants in the Hebrides and the West Coast of Scotland.

The UK is Scottish Salmon’s largest market but Scottish Salmon also exports to countries including the USA, Japan, China, Lebanon, Switzerland and France.

About RealFlair

RealFlair Limited is a privately funded organisation which was formed in 2000. The company helps organisations to optimise their staffing resources and at the same time deliver significant cost savings by using a unique demand and event driven scheduling & optimisation software product. RealFlair has saved companies millions of pounds through staff redeployment, by implementing more efficient shift patterns, matching of customer demand to staff levels more accurately, and helping to discover the bottlenecks in existing business processes and their impact on profitability.

RealFlair works directly with blue-chip companies to develop their technologies and also works with technology partners such as Advanced, which have highly developed vertical market expertise but wish to integrate with RealFlair’s unique solutions. This creates a combined product or service that is far greater than the sum of its individual parts.

About Advanced Business Solutions
Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. Advanced prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.

Advanced’s software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of the finance, human resource and payroll departments, which can also be delivered as a managed or bureau service option.

Customers come from both public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS, RSPB and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.

Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group plc, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors.


Liz Ebbrell and Angela Mycock
Advanced Computer Software Group plc

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