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Fiona McGuinness19-Jan-2022 11:15:112 min read

Briarwood Products place order for fully hosted iQ

Intact are pleased to announce that Briarwood Products, based in Highbridge, Somerset have placed their order for a fully cloud hosted 15 user iQ system. 

Briarwood are the UK’s largest supplier and manufacturer of fibre cement roof sheets, which they manufacture from their own production facility in Italy and distribute nationwide via their own specialist transport fleet. 

They were established in 1978 by innovative farmer Alan Janes, who started sourcing the best roofing products for his own farm buildings to improve the welfare of his livestock – soon selling these products to other local farmers. They began distributing the highest quality fibre cement profiled sheets in 1992 after Alan discovered them in Italy, and have continued to expand rapidly ever since – even acquiring the Italian supplier in 2020. 

Due to their massive growth over the last couple of years – turning a £12m turnover in March 2020 into a £30m turnover in March 2021 – Briarwood realised they needed to replace their current Sage 50 software with a solution that could grow with them, provide efficiency and automate day to day routines as much as possible. 

As well as the Intact iQ solution, they have also placed their order to host the application in Intact’s dedicated hosting centre. By doing so, they intend to take the pressure off their need to maintain a central server themselves and provide a more stable and guaranteed delivery of the system to all users across the organisation and enable seamless expansion. 

Simon Barber, Sales Manager commented: 

“The Briarwood site is amongst one of the most impressive in terms of size I have ever been to, the warehousing capacity is huge!  As a team they are working from Excel sheets and personal knowledge to keep things running, iQ will be perfect to help them get control of the day-to-day processes within their growing organisation. We all look forward to working with the team at Briarwood Products for many years to come.”

Oliver Janes, Managing Director at Briarwood Products added:

“Our general manager, Andy McEvoy, had used the iQ system in a previous life and knew how powerful and comprehensive the system was. After meeting with the team at Intact we knew they were the perfect partner for us moving forward. Our business has grown exponentially in the past few years and iQ is essential to help us keep a handle on that growth moving forward.”


NOTE: Briarwood Products originally bought their Intact system from BlueRock Systems, which was acquired by Intact in 2022.


Fiona McGuinness

I've been part of the Intact family for 16 rewarding years. After completing my Business Studies degree, I knew Marketing was a field I wanted to pursue. Prior to joining Intact, I primarily worked in the financial sector, focusing on marketing for credit unions. When I started at Intact, I handled all the marketing tasks by myself. Over time, as our team expanded, so did my role. Now, I specialise in crafting compelling content across various platforms, from blogs to video scripts. No two days are the same, and I thrive on the dynamic nature of my role. Whether it's diving into customer case studies or lead campaigns, I'm driven by the positive impact our solutions bring to businesses. In an age where AI plays a significant role, I remain a firm believer in the power of authentic content. When I'm not working, you'll find me enjoying quality time with my family, sewing, or watercolor paintings.