A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Anisa's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Anisa is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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14 | ANISA
Anisa provides managed services
from their own data centres
systems provide a solution
for the whole supply chain
Anisa provides end-to-end supply chain IT solutions.
Through two market-facing companies, In2grate Business
Solutions and OBS Logistics, they provide the combination
of industry-leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems
and best-in-class logistics software to deliver solutions across a
broad spectrum of industries. Although they are now part of the
Sanderson Group, Anisa’s business dates back over 40 years. Since
then, they have provided on-site solutions, software, project
services and ongoing support, working on their clients’ in-house
hardware. CEO Dave Renshaw here explains, however, the shift
the company has seen over the past ten years.
We do still offer on-premise solutions, but an increasing amount of our business
now takes a managed service approach whereby we supply our software and
services based on our hardware in our ISO 27001-accredited data centres. Our
clients like to outsource the day-to-day functions of their systems to us, so that
they can focus instead on running their business. They particularly appreciate that
we provide the whole solution, with our people designing and implementing the
system, before following up with continued support and oversight of the hardware
and infrastructure.
Tailored for clients’ growth
Many of our clients have growing businesses, whether this growth is organic,
through mergers and acquisitions or both. With our managed services approach,
»CEO: Dave Renshaw
»Business dates back 40 years
»Based in London, Liverpool,
Birmingham, Singapore and
»Services: End-to-end IT
solutions for transport,
warehousing and other
industry sectors
»Now part of the Sanderson
Group of companies, which
has circa 800 customers and
employs over 300 staff
»Systems installed in over 60
»Two ISO 27001 accredited
data centres support a
growing global managed
services business
they can expand their systems at short
notice with predictable costs; we let
clients know, in advance, what costs
are associated with specific changes
in scale. We find this particularly
important in the third-party logistics
(3PL) sector; when companies win new
contracts to, for instance, operate a
customer’s warehousing or transport
operation, they can anticipate the IT
costs entailed at their end. We can
provide a system of the required scale
that can be promptly activated when
the contract starts.
Clients’ work with us is made
exceptionally cost-effective through our
solution as a service model. Companies
who use our services pay for the solution
over a contracted period, allowing them
to pay it off as it delivers benefits and
drives efficiencies; this helps to avoid
upfront capital outlay which can then
be refocused on other priorities.
Our work with Moran Logistics
The scalability benefit provided by our
managed service offering has
certainly proven to be beneficial for one
of the fastest-growing 3PL companies
in the country, Moran Logistics.
Moran is a family-owned company
established in 2006, providing logistics
for companies supplying chilled,
ambient and frozen foods. They are
market leaders for temperature-
controlled distribution, and their
strategy focuses on customer
collaboration, network optimisation,
high operational performance,
innovation and personnel development.
Our relationship with Moran Logistics
began when they sought out a
transport management solution as
a result of considerable expansion.
The main focus of their search
was to ensure they could enhance
engagement with customers while
managing routes and schedules
for drivers, tractors and trailers.
The solution they required had to
be capable of providing transport
planning across multiple depots, all
the while providing central visibility
for management – we provided
our flagship transport management
software package,
Rob McAdoo, managing director of
Moran Logistics, commented: “In
selecting an IT partner, we wanted a
company we could work with that not
only had the right products for our
business, but also one that understood
the 3PL marketplace and the demands
customer contracts place on us.
We have established an excellent
relationship with OBS Logistics at all
Offering a broader service
As they expanded, their requirements
grew to include a warehouse
management solution. For this, they
chose our
WMS software,
which was promptly fully integrated
with our
TMS solution
across their business. Since the
implementation of these systems,
Moran has successfully won new
warehousing and distribution contracts
and expanded the systems in question.
As Moran had deployed the WMS
and TMS solution as a fully managed
service, they could rely on our services
are fully integrated
Clients’ work
with us is made
through our
solution as a
service model.
Companies who
use our services
pay for the
solution over a
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to make the necessary hardware and
infrastructure extensions within the
required timescale.
Rob McAdoo continued: “Increasingly,
the services we offer involve a
combination of transportation and
warehousing. It is important that
our systems reflect this, and provide
seamless integration of collections,
transportation, cross docking,
warehousing, despatch and delivery.
systems are specifically
designed to cater for all of these
operations for multi-client 3PLs
through a single, fully integrated
system. No one else we talked to could
provide such a comprehensive solution
from a single source. As OBS Logistics
provide a resilient solution hosted in
their own data centres, we rely on
them to take care of the systems while
we get on with running our business.”
A collaborative mentality
We are delighted to have established
such a close working partnership with
one of the most customer-focused and
fast-growing companies in the 3PL
marketplace. It is excellent that Moran
has chosen a
services solution to support its growing
business and customer base into
The Moran example is one of a
growing number of business-critical
solutions that we are proud to be
delivering. We provide services for
a broad and prestigious range of
customers from our two data centres
in northwest England. From these
sites, which are ten miles apart, we are
able to offer geographically resilient
hosted solutions to support operations
»Blood distribution across England
for the NHS based on
and ePOD supporting 15 centres
and over 200 vehicles collecting and
delivering blood products.
»A delivery network for
pharmaceutical products by road
and air across Australia, New
Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan for
an Australian freight company using
»Transport and warehousing
operations across EMEA for DHL
Supply Chain with over 2,000 users
processing millions of transactions,
continuing a client relationship we
have sustained for over 20 years.
This shift in our business also drives
our thinking when it comes to new
products. We recently launched
new products: a suite for transport
management, customer services
timed delivery for the home delivery
marketplace and Vision, which is
a dashboard and alerting tool that
monitors KPIs and alerts managers
to the potential issues they need to
address. All new and existing products
branded under the
are designed to enable deployment
through a fully managed service.
The Sanderson Group, with our
company now a part of it, clearly sees
a strong future for Anisa and all other
firms within. We anticipate that our
managed services model will play a
key role in future success – for us, for
Sanderson and for our clients.
systems are
designed to
cater for all of
operations for
3PLs through
a single, fully
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the NHS based on

This article was sponsored by Anisa. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy