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ProCost & ProSpace

ProCost 2012

The aim of ProCost is to provide hardy ornamental nursery stock growers and protected ornamental plant producers with a simple computer-based method for costing their production. 

As it is based on a simple ‘whole-business’ model, ProCost is able to calculate the cost of each product line without having to enter all the lines grown on the nursery.  It achieves this by allocating overheads, labour and other indirect costs as a percentage of total financial year costs.  The costing model is highly flexible and is adaptable to most nurseries and nursery situations.  It allows nursery businesses to use their own figures and costs and so it is designed to produce costings appropriate to each business.

Please note that although ProCost is built in the familiar Excel environment, it is important to realise that it is not a spreadsheet.  It runs on macros (computer programmes), written in Visual Basic, and so it is necessary to change the security settings on your computer to ‘Medium’ to allow ProCost to run, for further information see the ProCost user guide (final tab within ProCost).

To access a version compatible with Microsoft Excel 97-2003 click here

To access a version compatible with Microsoft Excel 2010 click here

The ProCost video user guides below have been created to show you around the ProCost software and introduce its functionality, it takes you step by step through data input and shows the results it typically produces.  There is also a short section on interpreting the results towards the end of the guide. The Advanced ProCost video user guide, explains how to personalise ProCost to your specific needs in terms of labour and overheads allocation.

 

ProCost

 

Advanced ProCost 

 

 

ProSpace 2013

The aim of ProSpace is to provide Hardy Ornamental Nursery Stock (HONS) growers with a computer-based method for planning space use for the different environments found in plant nurseries, e.g. outside beds, polytunnels or glasshouses; cold or heated.

It is a ‘whole-business’ model and will help enable production to be ‘fitted in the spaces available’. It has also been designed to allow for seasonal and other growing constraints and you can carry over of production from one year to the next. Another major advantage of ProSpace is that it allows for the moving, spacing and timings of dispatch of the plants. It also provides an easy introduction to production space-management planning, using easily collectable or existing nursery data. ProSpace has a facility to import data from ProCost, if this production costing tool has been adopted and is in use by the nursery.

Although built in the familiar Excel environment, it is important to realise that ProSpace is not a spreadsheet. It runs on macros (computer programmes), written in Visual Basic, and so it is necessary to change the security settings on your computer to ‘Medium’ (see the User Guide) to allow ProSpace to run.

To access a version compatible with Microsoft Excel 97-2003 click here.

To access a version compatible with Microsoft Excel 2010 click here