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Operating for more than 200 years, Travis Perkins plc (Travis Perkins) is the UK’s largest builders’ merchants, supplying over 23,000 quality trade products. With over 20+ industry-leading building and construction businesses, 2000+ outlets and 28,000+ employees, they were named Retailer of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and won the Which? Recommended Provider in 2018.


A large-scale business such as Travis Perkins is constantly evolving, therefore having accurate HR data at its fingertips is vital. With 20+ brands within the business, Travis Perkins was keen to enable Senior HR staff to become more self-sufficient and empowered when managing their data.



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The introduction of Qlik Sense has enabled us to move from a reactive reporting department to an insights driven team. Our core stakeholders now have the ability to self-serve their reporting needs and can answer hypothetical queries in live environments. Thus, enabling my team to truly drive a value-added service.

Rob Walden | Head of Analytics, Travis Perkins plc


Investment in a new HR system ran in parallel with the requirement to understand the true nature of classic HR KPIs, such as headcount statistics, retention of talent, forecasting recruitment trends and gender pay disclosures. Travis Perkins is extremely forward-thinking regarding Data Literacy and the ability for its employees/analytics users to be able to read, work with, analyse and argue with data. They understand that the effective management and reporting of data helps to quickly identify key focus areas.


In a matter of days, Catalyst IT (Catalyst), implemented Qlik Sense alongside Travis Perkins’ HR system. The development and delivery of analytics and reporting through Qlik Sense dashboards has allowed Travis Perkins to delve much deeper into their data and improve their decision-making. With this new level of reporting, they have made considerable cost-savings including over half a million pounds in terms of architectural development time saved. Future plans for Travis Perkins include the intention to roll-out the HR dashboard capabilities even more extensively within the organisation, so that other key stakeholders (HR, Finance etc.) can also manage their data more effectively.


The continuous support provided to Travis Perkins by Catalyst includes regular events, where key business users learn about the latest Qlik Sense software release, its capabilities and additional benefits. Catalyst can also quickly bring together new environments to facilitate Proof of Concept (PoC) work, ensuring that Travis Perkins is always making the most of their investment and seeing tangible benefits.

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