The following is a message from our Head of Operations, Neil Shayle:
From its early days as G-Shop to today’s emerging zupaVerse, for almost 10 years I have been part of the Zupa team focussed on our first and prominent business solution; Caternet.
With a professional background in Hospitality, I became hooked on the power of Caternet at my first product demo. Caternet’s immediate end-user benefits – and how far it could grow – was reflected in the passion of the design and development team. It was something I wanted to be part of, even though at that time computer software was not my area of knowledge or expertise. In the early days, its primary function was eProcurement (which we named G-Shop) and enabled suppliers and buyers to connect with live, agreed pricing.
At that time our client base was relatively modest, mainly schools, restaurants and hotels picked up through our connections & working relationships with contract caterer Host Management.
Over the years we’ve steadily grown organically with a successful and diverse portfolio of customers – adding cafés, pubs, universities and healthcare – to the many retained original clients which has been equally pleasing to observe and be part of their growth too.
Earlier this year we achieved a breakthrough when a regular Monday trading day yielded orders to a value of £1m transacted through the Caternet system.
To see our platform evolve and to have been part of Caternet’s growth this last decade has been one of the proudest achievements of my working career. It was bizarre to think that whilst recently dining at a client premises in Bristol, next door was another client and user of Caternet.
As we have grown, we have had shared success with our clients. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.