McKee’s Pies kicks off a new era with home delivery and on line store.

mckees website with beacon13. directors conor o'kane and paul gibson

McKee’s started off as a traditional family butchers in 1898. Over 120 years later they’re bringing their traditional recipes on line with a new website and home delivery service.

The elite butchers (based in Maghera) have seen a steady growth of the company from the mid 80s. The growth came mainly from a timely response to changing times.

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start your order now at McKeesPies.com

McKee’s started producing pies and convenience foods just around the time that women (Sorry gents, but that’s who did the shopping in those days) were looking for such products.

McKee’s pies, stuffing and scotch eggs are now household names across Northern Ireland. And the company delivers these products to over 150 stockists as well as selling direct to the customer from their Maghera base.

When opportunity strikes…

It’s in the “direct to the customer” part that McKee’s have noticed an opportunity. McKee’s have a wonderful brand, a loyal local customer base and a fleet of vans on the roads every day. This lends itself naturally to a home delivery service.

McKees new website at mckeespies.com

The missing piece of the pie? (forgive the pun)… A shiny new website that allows customers to order McKee’s products on line. This is where Beacon13 comes in. The Beacon13 team have created a WordPress website with Woo-commerce, Paypal Payments, Email alerts and more.

We’ve added all of McKee’s product lines and worked with the McKee’s team to create packages for family dinners, occasions and parties. We’ve given the website some of McKee’s branding and styling to reflect their shop, the factory and product packaging.

All in all, providing the same wonderful McKee’s experience, but now on your phone or desktop from the comfort of your own home.

No mean feat.

McKee’s understand that a new approach to the sale of their product won’t be easy. Although the company is well versed in selling their products in-store and to their trade customers, the internet sales and home delivery service will be a whole new challenge.

McKee’s will initially trial the service to the (very) local market first. Only addresses within a 20 mile radius can avail of the home delivery service at present. This will allow McKee’s to build up an understanding of their customers expectations when it comes to ordering on line.

Ultimately McKee’s want to offer the same level of quality on line as they do in-store. So they’ve given themselves a little time to make sure this happens.

Beacon13 will be on hand to help them perfect their new digital venture.


Try out McKee’s new home delivery service at www.mckeespies.com

Credit Unions in NI are turning to Fintec for cyber security & disaster recovery.

credit unions in ireland it support and cyber security

Fintec Limited is a growing IT support company based in Bellaghy. The Mid-Ulster team has developed a niche with Credit Unions in Northern Ireland & the border counties. A unique blend of IT experience, knowledge and cyber-security skills has positioned Fintec as the “go to” team for Credit Unions.

Fintec specialise in providing managed IT solutions including hardware, email, back-up and security. They offer Credit Unions; on line and off-line support and a dedicated IT specialist. Fintec is now actively working with over 30 credit unions.

Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery

BCP (Business continuity plans) are essential for all businesses they prepare your organization for times of emergency or disaster, BCPs make sure that your business operations are still running should the unthinkable happen.

Fintec also offers a disaster recovery service for when the unthinkable happens to help credit unions get their business get back on track.

“We focus on keeping all your critical business functions operational by implementing firewalls to stop cyber attacks, installing back up drives and back up servers.”

Brian Rea – Fintec
credit unions in derry, antrim, tyrone and down are proud to call their Fintec their long term IT partner for security.
Derry Credit Union – just one of Fintec’s many Credit Union contracts.

Cyber Security

Cyber security consists of technologies, processes and controls designed for the purpose of protecting your system, networks and data from cyber attacks. Proper implementation of cyber security greatly reduces the risk of cyber security.

Fintec offers a vast knowledge and experience in cyber security implementation and the best measures for preventing such attacks from happening.

Working with Credit Union’s existing software

Fintec has substantial experience in working with typical software packages used at Credit Unions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Software like Zion, Cumis relationship management and Abacus fern software are just some of the packages that Fintec is happy to integrate their hardware with.


Does your credit union need managed IT support, cyber security or disaster recovery?

You can arrange a free audit at: fintecltd.com/credit-unions

Selling Christmas turkeys on-line.

turkey e-commerce

When you mention e-commerce, the  first products that spring to mind are perhaps laptops and i phones or flights and hotel rooms. If you told us 6 months ago that we’d selling thousands of turkeys on-line we’d probably have laughed. It seems that our customer’s users did not have the same misconceptions.

For the last few months we’ve been working on not 1 but 2 busy websites that have channelled their focus at this time of year to selling Turkeys and Christmas dinner packages to their clients. with all orders and payments taking place on-line. 

Both McKee’s Country Store and Bradleys of Maghera have been very in-tune with the needs of their customers. They’ve identified that a large portion of their customer base are more than happy to order their Christmas dinner packages on-line. Taking (at least a little of) the hassle out of Christmas. 

McKee’s Country Store & Restaurant

McKee’s is a successful Farm Shop in the Holywood Hills just outside Newtownards. With a great history, tradition and loyal customer base they’ve decided to make things as easy for their customers as possible, allowing to choose from a section of Christmas dinner packages and pay online.

Customers can collect their Turkeys, Veg and desserts on Christmas Eve with a fast track service setup to make the process as hassle free as possible.

Bradley’s Outside Catering & Deli

Bradley’s of Maghera offers more of a deli service for their customers. Understanding their customers they’ve opted to create individual Christmas dinner packages and desserts. They’ve made these available on their website and promote the service on social media.

In both cases Beacon13 has designed, configured and supported the websites, e-commerce stores and payment gateways responsible for this surge of Turkey sales. We hope that no vegan extremists will target us for the death of so many birds. 

Considering e-commerce? 

Beacon13 not only designs and develops world class e-commerce solutions, we also support our clients with growing their business on-line and promoting their new stores. So please feel free to get in touch to discuss your project.