A BigChange job management system is helping electrical contractor Stirling Electrical Services improve efficiency and transform business performance. An electrical and security system company, carrying out domestic and commercial work across Scotland, Stirling Electrical replaced a number of disconnected systems with the all-in-one solution from BigChange. Using a BigChange mobile app synchronised in real time with the back-office system, Stirling Electrical has reduced the amount of paperwork it produces and processes by around 80 per cent, improved operational efficiency by 20 per cent and is winning more tenders.
“In our first decade we were entirely paper based, however, in 2007, after ten years’ of business we made, what was at the time, a significant investment in field service software from America. This was a big step and one few companies of our type and size were taking,” commented Scott McLean, Owner and Director of Stirling Electrical Services and its security system division Stirling Alarms. “We also started using standalone vehicle tracking and navigation equipment at about the same time”.Scott McLean, Owner and Director of Stirling Electrical Services and Stirling Alarms
“These systems did boost productivity and reduce administration, but only in part. We were still manually producing paper job sheets which, when completed, needed scanning for historical reporting, and the tracking and navigation didn’t ‘talk’ to each other or other management processes. BigChange is great as it does everything we need in a single package and is ready to go straight out-of-the-box.”
Established in 1996, Stirling Electrical Services is an electrical and security system company operating locally in and around Stirling, and nationally across Scotland. With a team of qualified engineers, electricians and apprentices, Stirling Electrical offers fault finding, installation, maintenance, inspection and testing services, while experienced office staff are on hand to deal with initial job enquiries through to job completion reporting. Promising a ‘Professional Efficient Service’. Stirling Electrical has subsequently established a branded security alarm service, including CCTV, Fire and Smoke Detection, Emergency Lighting and Door Access, as well as installing Electric Vehicle charge points.
Stirling Electrical selected the BigChange job management platform, which incorporates customer relationship management (CRM), job scheduling, live tracking, resource management, job finance and business intelligence, following a recommendation from another BigChange user. Since implementing, Stirling Electrical has fully automated the production, completion and filing of job cards and no longer has to print, fill in and scan. This means information is available in real-time and is available as and when required to answer customer queries or review site histories.
“The biggest thing about BigChange is the visibility that it gives us. All the information we need is instantly available so we can manage everything more dynamically and keep customers better informed,” said McLean. “We’ve also won tenders because BigChange allows us to tick more boxes and is so easily adaptable we’re confident we can do anything that is asked of us.” Scott McLean, Owner and Director of Stirling Electrical Services and Stirling Alarms
Integrated vehicle tracking and navigation combined with intelligent and responsive scheduling has further boosted daily productivity and simple things like engineers no longer having to ‘phone-in’ at the start of the day or end of a job are making a real difference to the work that can be completed each day.
The ability to automatically capture on-site information including date stamped photographs and ‘no-touch’ signatures, introduced to support Covid restrictions, together with other processes, enabled by BigChange, are also helping Stirling Electrical secure additional contracts with public sector organisations such as Housing Associations.
“Although we have already made significant improvements in our management and reporting processes using BigChange, there is always more that can be done,” McLean continued. “Moving forward we can achieve additional efficiency gains by integrating with our accounting and financial reporting functions and we hope to implement the online booking portal for some of our larger customers.
“As BigChange is adaptable and modifiable the support of the account management and Roadcrew support teams, as well as the wider BigChange Community, has been one of the biggest strengths of the system as we know there is always someone on hand to offer advice or assistance if we need it.”