A September 2012 special publication from the Leicester Mercury showcased the rising stars and future leaders of Leicestershire, features none other than our very own MD, Robert Williams.
Rob has built Williams Commerce Ltd up from the ground to nearly a £1m turnover business in just under three years. The Leicester Mercury began the task of compiling the list of future leaders, with the inspiration arising from their magazine that recently profiled the 200 most influential people in Leicestershire and musings around who would appear on this list in the next few years.
The 60 people who made the grade represent a broad range of talents, industries and backgrounds and the Leicestershire paper used a set of criteria to decide on the names to find the next generation of business leaders.
Having set up Williams Commerce three years ago, Rob has ambitions to continue to expand the business internationally, based on the demand the business has seen from international clients from as far afield as Australia, Singapore and Philadelphia. Rob says…
“With my Australian wife, who is also a Director in the business, we have set up Williams Commerce pty ltd 12 months ago in Melbourne and have been fortunate enough to work with the likes of Panasonic Australia on some bespoke Software systems.”
The Williams Commerce business was set up on the premise to provide ecommerce and software solutions to wholesalers, manufacturers, importers. Rob having direct experience working in this sector, saw the difficulties the industry was facing with embracing the digital era and developed the wCommerce platform which is a robust, scaleable platform with unique B2B functionality that helps automate many of the manual order processing tasks and works with high volume, extensive product ranges and integration with back office systems.
The business has since evolved to advance their B2B offering to the likes of Bonnington Plastics, Garrison Dales, EFG, Leko London, Liberty House, Benross and Heathside to name a few. Williams Commerce are however, not just limited to their B2B services. They have also built B2C websites for retailers like Amélie and Rose, Bee.com, Garden Centre Online, Garden Bird Seed and Fancy Dress Shack. The technical skill within the Williams Commerce team has led to some bespoke software solutions for Pepsico and Debenhams.