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28 October, 2015 - 12:45 By Tony Quested

Checkit out as Elektron tucks into £200m market

John Wilson of Elektron Technology

A new device from Cambridge-based Checkit – a subsidiary of Elektron Technology plc – is targeting a burgeoning sector of the UK food market.

Checkit has just launched its new ‘Work Management’ technology at the Restaurant Show and Elektron CEO, John Wilson, describes the solution as one of the most significant product launches in the group's history – representing an investment in development to date of £2.3 million.

The product is set to replace the widespread use of pen and paper among customer facing, shop floor and field staff to track compliance with internal protocols and external regulation.

Wilson (pictured) says this will provide a much needed boost to front line productivity and control while easing the burden of compliance. Checkit has selected the food industry as the first market in which to launch this product.

In this sector in the UK alone approximately half a million sites could potentially benefit from its use, the vast majority of which currently rely on manual record keeping. In due course Elektron believes that the market opportunity will exceed £200 million a year in the UK food industry alone.

Wilson said that currently many businesses, particularly those employing large numbers of low skilled people, faced very significant challenges in defining and enforcing routine tasks and demonstrating compliance.

In the food industry, operating a food safety management system is mandatory, but the relevant checks – along with others related to quality and service delivery – are almost always defined and captured on paper. As recently commissioned research shows, managing these records is critical, with over 94 per cent of respondents identifying that 'having the right records to keep the Environmental Health Officer happy to retain our Hygiene Star Rating is vital'.  

However 79 per cent agreed that they would like 'a simple system that helps organise the schedule of checks and jobs between the staff and across both the day and week.'

Wilson says Checkit Work Management does this, allowing organisations to swap pen and paper for easy to use apps that simply guide and record user actions including temperature measurements, cleaning and health and safety checks.

As a result of implementing the system, compliance management is transformed, Wilson says. Routine tasks are defined and managed in real time. Records are trusted and visible. Most importantly, audit ratings and reputations are protected.

Checkit Work Management holds claims to be the first device of its kind to use the cloud to deliver the solution.

Although initially targeted at the food industry, Checkit Work Management is applicable to any business that needs to define, guide and record staff activities in the workplace, according to Wilson. He said: “The launch of Checkit Work Management is a significant milestone in Elektron's history, demonstrating our commitment to investment in leading-edge disruptive technology to deliver future growth.”

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