Bristol City team up with Percipient to up its game with Sage X3
Football success isn’t just about performance on the pitch. The current League One Champions have found it’s about using the latest technology behind the scenes too.
Bristol City owner, Steve Lansdown, looked to Bracelona for inspiration for Bristol Sport, the club franchise with a vision to turn Bristol into a nucleus for sporting excellence.
Using Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium multi-sport approach as its model, Bristol Sport looks after the interests of Bristol Rugby Club, the Bristol Flyers Basketball team, Bristol Academy Women FC, Bristol Ladies Rugby and Bristol Sport Racing, as well as the newly-promoted Robins.
It’s also responsible for managing Bristol City and Bristol Rugby Club’s home ground, the Ashton Gate stadium, which is currently undergoing a £45m rebuild to turn it into a state-of-the-art 27,000 seat venue ready for life in the Championship.
It’s a mammoth task, as Bristol Sport Chief Executive, Andrew Billingham explained: “Bristol Sport is changing the way the industry works, modernising Bristol’s sports infrastructure and bringing various sporting clubs under one banner. To cope with the inherent complexities of that, we needed a best-of-breed technology infrastructure that was up to the job. Sage’s X3 is perfect.”
Implementing Sage X3
Sage X3 is the flagship solution from international business software company Sage, and includes a suite of integrated applications to manage and interpret data from Bristol Sport’s activities. The efficiently centralised finance system not only keeps month-end processing simple to get detailed reports out on time, but is also designed to keep pace with their plans for growth.
“For us, it’s clear that Sage is the backbone of our success, with the kind of scalability we need as a growing company” said Andrew. “As a long-time customer, we’re already familiar with the strengths of Sage software.”
Of course, there’s more to ERP installations than simply downloading some software. That’s why Bristol Sport turned to leading implementation specialists Percipient, an accredited Sage Business Partner. Percipient has a long history of ERP implementation experience, and the ability to rapidly deploy Sage X3 for hospitality and leisure organisations like Bristol Sport.
As the ideal ERP partner, Percipient’s experienced consultants have worked closely with Bristol Sport and integrated with their core team in order to guide them through the entire process for each key stage of the sports franchise’s growth.
“As a business we’re delighted to be involved with Bristol Sport at such an interesting time in their growth strategy” says Chris Stock, Managing Director at Percipient. “Sage X3 will provide them with the functionality they need now and the flexibility to ensure they can continue to grow in the future, which we recognised was a key factor for them.”
Growth, Ambition and Forward-Thinking
Bristol Sport has shown that by taking a different approach with the combination of the latest technology and good old-fashioned teamwork, you can transform not only a club, but an entire city’s identity as a sports hub.
Will Bristol City FC go on to claim the Championship title in the 2015-16 season, and reach their ultimate goal of playing in the Premier League? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for certain, with the latest business system in place, Bristol Sport is more than ready for it.