When we talk about affordable software, we mean a professionally created computer
application tailored to your precise requirements, but without a hefty price tag.
It is NOT cheap and cheerful software!
Traditionally, there are three types of software applications available to businesses:
Packaged or “Off-the-Shelf” Software. Products such as Microsoft Office can be purchased
fairly cheaply, and are even provided free on some computers. They are usually good
general-purpose applications which are reasonably easy to use, and can provide a
high degree of functionality with very little experience. However, they tend to run
out of steam when the business wants the software to do things that are out of the
standard framework, and there can be an increasing commitment of valuable staff resources
to customise the software.
Industry-Specific Software. If your business is in a vertical sector, there may be
a number of software packages which have been written to meet your specific business
needs. A good example of this is accounting software which meets a universal accounting
model. These applications are usually very good, but because of their specific nature
require better staff training and support, and predictably cost more than off-the-shelf
Bespoke Software. Every business is different. Whilst the other types of software
may meet some or even most of the specific business needs, there are usually areas
which are not addressed, and it is often those areas which require custom attention.
Bespoke software is written specifically for your business, and can thus meet ALL
of your requirements. The big drawback of bespoke software has traditionally been
cost, and up to now, bespoke software has been restricted to the domain of large
organisations with big budgets.
Bread And Butter Software rewrites the rule book. Our prime goal is to provide bespoke
software to the smallest businesses, for a price tag which is more in line with packaged
We employ several strategies to ensure that our prices are low:
Our bespoke software applications are based on an extensive library of tried and
trusted components, which means that although we create unique solutions for each
Client, they all have a common base which allows us to assemble robust applications
quickly and reliably. These “core” components are provided free of charge, and all
you pay for is the additional work incurred in creating your bespoke software application.
We only deal with small businesses (SME’s) and thus handle relatively small and straightforward
applications. As applications increase in size, the cost and timescale begin to spiral.
We have all heard of massive IT projects costing millions and taking years to complete!
Bread and Butter Software is a lean and compact company and we deliberately keep
our overheads low. Our consultants work from home and we do not maintain expensive
office premises, company cars or other business trappings. These savings are passed
directly to you, the client.
Actually, our prices start from FREE (See our downloadable applications). For chargeable
work, however, there is no job that is too small, and our prices start from below
£100. We obviously cannot give you a specific price without knowing exactly what
you want, but we can tell you that most medium-sized bespoke applications work out
at between £2000 and £5000. Few applications are complex enough to exceed £10,000
. Remember that the core components are provided free of charge. All you pay for
is the additional work required to create the bespoke software application.
What assurances can you give me that you will do a good job?
In addition to our reputation, we also provide not just one guarantee but two.
Our first guarantee is a Quality Assurance. If there are any faults with the software,
we will fix the problem free of charge. This guarantee is for the lifetime of the
software, and even applies to our free downloadable software. This guarantee is something
every software provider should offer, but sadly, few do.
Our second guarantee is a Satisfaction Assurance. We will do everything possible
to ensure that you are totally happy with the software application that we supply,
and that it meets the agreed specification. If after all of our efforts to achieve
this, we are still unable to do so, we will remove the application and refund any
software fees paid. As far as we know, no other software provider on the planet will
commit to this level of assurance, and is a unique feature of our services.
Needless to say, we work very hard to avoid any recourse to our guarantees.
As with virtually all software, you purchase a licence to use the software, but the
ownership and copyright remains with us. Since the software applications all share
the common inheritance from our library of tried and trusted components, it is not
possible to do otherwise. If you are interested in a bespoke application that you
can sell on to other Clients, then we can provide a suitable licensing and support
What if I need to make changes to the application design before delivery?
Naturally we try to incorporate as much flexibility as we can into the software application
design, and it is possible that some changes might be handled without any problem.
If we do need to make changes to the application design, then we will advise you
of any variations to the quoted price, and seek your approval and agreement prior
to making the changes.
Can I update the software if my business requirements change?
Healthy businesses are rarely static, and as such, your operational needs will change
and grow over time. The design of your initial software application will take all
foreseeable future changes into account, but changes to the application may still
be required at a later date. We would be pleased to address such changes in the future
if, and when they arise, by adding to or adapting the software application.
Yes, we do. Generally, we prefer to pass all training to a single named individual
who becomes your local expert. This “Train the Trainer” approach has been found to
work best in small organisations. We can train larger numbers of staff if required,
but this will increase the overall cost. Manuals, in our experience, are rarely worth
the expense, and it is usually better to put the effort into initial training with
a support contract from us to answer any questions which arise.
Yes, we can. In most cases, however, we are happy to work with your existing supplier
and existing equipment. If your application requires special hardware, we can source
and supply it as part of the delivered solution. Please note, however, that our Satisfaction
Guarantee does not extend to hardware purchased specifically on your behalf.