Established in 1978, MCR Systems has over 40 years’ experience in providing enterprise management solutions to some of the biggest hospitality, catering and leisure orgnisations in the UK.
Combining high quality software and cutting-edge EPOS technology with unrivalled installation, training and support, they are one of the leading operators in the industry.
What was the motivation for joining the Vesta (Jonas) family?
Prior to their acquisition, MCR Systems was run by previous Managing Director, Matthew Gatter. Though the company was in a strong position having just come off the back of 2 years of record growth, Matthew felt that more expertise was needed to help take it to the next level.
He was keen on the decentralised structure that we operate within our group, as it meant that MCR systems could continue to operate as an individual entity with the same management team.
Were there any reservations?
From initial discussions, it was clear that it was important for Matthew and the other shareholders to know what was going to happen to them and the rest of the team after the business was acquired. While he had decided to not stay on with the business himself, Matthew was keen to ensure his team had job security for the future – something that Vesta could guarantee.
How was the acquisition process?
With our vast expertise and knowledge, we were able to make the acquisition process as fast and efficient as possible for MCR Systems. Through comprehensive due diligence, we were able to get a thorough understanding of the business and how it worked before the sale was complete to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved.
Because Matthew was leaving the business, he was passing the reins onto long-time employee, Steve Bottrill, who was Operations Manager at the time. To help Steve transition into the role of Managing Director, we provided him with support and coaching which eased the process.
Commenting on the process, Steve Bottrill, now Managing Director, said: “The acquisition was very detailed and very well done. There was a comprehensive due diligence process that we went through and I think Vesta fully understood the workings of the business before they acquired us. On initial takeover day, the guys came in and explained to all the staff what would happen next – it was a very good onboarding process.”
What are the benefits of being part of the group?
Being part of Vesta Software Group means that MCR Systems have access to the knowledge and experience from leaders of dozens of similar software companies across a wide range of vertical markets. Together, this gives us the ability to successfully run and grow the company long into the future.
Since the acquisition, we have:
Maintained the existing management team
Taken on more staff to support growth
Continually invested in the company – including significant investment in sales and research and development