2019 marks the 235th year of John Smedley, the oldest and most iconic knitwear brand who still operates from the oldest manufacturing factory in the world. The business began exporting across the globe in 1914 and soon became established as one of Britain’s most famous clothing brands.
The company now has nearly 400 employees manufacturing around 400,000 fine Merino and cotton garments each year, for customers in the United Kingdom and to over 30 export markets around the world. The brand continues to innovate, re-launching their womenswear line at London Fashion Week in 2015 creating a contemporary new unisex capsule collection ‘Singular’ being the first ever unisex knitwear collection launched within the UK.
The implementation of PrimaNet back in 1994 saw both companies working closely together on a complete overhaul of processes as well as implementing new systems. The result created a business fit and ready to deliver its plans in the 21st century.
Over the years a solid partnership has developed as our two companies continue to progress in their respective fields, recently culminating in John Smedley implementing the latest PrimaNet suite of software applications throughout their business operation, making the most of modern technologies and the associated benefits.
"Prima have shown all the qualities we were looking for. They understand our business and are focused on us as their customer which means that they are always flexible and open to ideas."
"Prima Solutions was the unanimous choice in what turned out to be an easy decision to make. They had staff who understood our business and the role we expected them to play within it, their Prima software was the closest fit to our needs and they had developed a good rapport with our staff."
"The impact on staff has been a real bonus. They can now see much more clearly how their work and that of other departments affects the performance of the business. It’s led to greater co-operation and boosted commitment and productivity."
"The biggest compliment I can pay Prima Solutions is to say that we could no longer run our business without the support of the PrimaNet software. I’m looking forward to a continued, profitable business relationship."
"It’s been a real pleasure to work with John Smedley. Their business processes are more complex than most in this industry. From the outset we have worked closely together to agree requirements and approach and they have been extremely professional in all our dealings with them. We’re delighted to see the improvement in their business that’s come from our partnership."