Douglas Gill International Ltd, the Nottingham-based manufacturer of specialist clothing for the marine and mountain biking sectors, has signed up for the Protex apparel and footwear business management solution from Datel.

Like many UK clothing companies, much of Gill's garment manufacturing is now carried out overseas, and then sold via a network of distributors across Europe, Australasia, the USA and Canada.

The company required a solution that could manage the processes of offshore manufacturing, raw material management, finance, distribution and customer service.

"For the company to continue to grow we needed to look for a new IT system that could take control of our business processes allowing us to become a more effective and efficient business," explained John Deverill, Gill's managing director.