With a New CEO in the Driving Seat, What’s Next for Zupa?
We speak to new CEO, Ollie Brand, about the company’s plans for 2022
Ollie Brand is the new CEO of Zupa. The 29-year-old entrepreneur is poised to lead the company in preparation for the launch of its intelligent business trading platform, zupaBiz, in the first half of this year. Here, he tells us more…
What is your background with Zupa and what are your core priorities for the business?
I’ve been working closely on the development of zupaBiz, our cloud-based business trading platform, since its inception four years ago; both in a project management capacity, and then as COO. The platform has been born out of a 34-year legacy of family entrepreneurship, and long-term expertise in the hospitality industry with a focus on intelligent eProcurement. Taking the reigns as CEO, my priorities are to ensure clarity and alignment of our core business values and to deliver modern technology that is scalable, affordable and effective, with an emphasis on user simplicity and first-class customer support.
What is your vision for zupaBiz?
In a nutshell, to become the business trading platform of choice for the hospitality industry. zupaBiz gives businesses complete control over their operations, spend and future growth via eProcurement, supplier management, operations and financial reporting. As Caternet, we have spent many years operating in the hospitality sector, so we’ve utilised our heritage, industry knowledge and technical expertise in the eProcurement arena, to develop this new product offering from Zupa. We have an exciting product roadmap and plan to introduce multiple features over the coming months and years.
A big part of achieving this vision will be building on the momentum in the hospitality arena and delivering on our value proposition. We exist to help our customers know and grow their businesses and our state-of-the-art approach to operations, delivered via our Microsoft Azure, SaaS (Software as a Service) platform, gives ultimate control when buying and selling goods and/or services.
As we gain traction and launch the beta version of zupaBiz, we are also opening an investment round in Q1 to support our strategy for growth and future expansion into new markets.