5th April 2018

Genius Foods looks to the future with HR innovation

Genius Foods increases efficiency through automation, and gains enhanced intelligence to support business decision-making.

When her child was diagnosed as gluten intolerant, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne found that commercially available gluten-free breads were dense and heavy, and all came vacuum packed. Spotting a gap in the market for a more appealing alternative, she set up Genius Foods, which soon became Britain’s leading ‘free from’ bakery brand. Today, the company’s gluten-free food range — which includes breakfast items, savoury foods and sweet treats — is available internationally.

Genius Foods has experienced rapid growth, partly through acquisition, and now employs 550 people across four sites. Previously, each site ran its own payroll software on hardware that was reaching end of life. Genius Foods decided to consolidate to a single system to take advantage of the latest innovations in payroll and HR management, and ensure a foundation for continued growth. Following a review of potential solutions, Genius Foods selected Civica HR, payroll and Time & Attendance.


  • Self-service portal puts employees in control of their own information
  • Increased efficiency through automation of previously manual processes
  • Faster processing of overtime payments Improved visibility of costs against productivity
  • Intelligence about staffing that supports improved rota design and better business decision-making.
We wanted a solution that would grow with our business and had a well defined features roadmap. Civica ticked all the boxes — it offered the best functionality and value-added services for the price point. 
Stewart Ross, Business Systems Manager, Genius Foods

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