HOT 100 2015 BUSINESS BIG SHOTS: Chris Garland

Chris Garland, managing director, Bransom Retail Systems.

“It’s been an exceptional year and we’ve taken on several new staff in many areas of the company like development, support, training and marketing,” says Bransom managing director Chris Garland.

With a positive outlook for the rest of 2015 and beyond, it’s clear that Bransom is in the perfect position to innovate — something which it has been doing with vigour in recent months. “This year, we achieved a Microsoft Silver competency in Application Development, which strengthens our capabilities to build connectivity within the full range of Microsoft products.”

This development puts Bransom in the top 5% of Microsoft Partners and allows the company to access more of Microsoft’s development tools — something which facilitates an “ambitious programme of new products for clients,” Chris explains.

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As well as developing more cloud-based modules (described by Chris as the “future of the industry”), Bransom has also been hard at work creating a new Live Sales Analyser for Pandora, allowing them to directly monitor live sales by store with best-selling product details in real-time. A similar system for retailers with other product line-ups was also launched this year, with Chris noting: “The owner or manager can monitor multiple stores, setting and checking targets, and also create competitions for staff to both motivate and introduce a competitive buzz in the store.”

Chris has spent much of this year trying to figure out how to make your business life easier, culminating in a new web-based solution to simplify and speed up processes from front line sales through to back office stocktaking and data analysis. He explains: “Users can choose any device from an iPad/Android tablet device or smartphone, allowing them to choose the device most suitable for them making it totally flexible. We are also developing our cloud based reporting suite as well as other projects to be announced later this year.”

When he’s not knee deep in systems you can find Chris walking his dog in the woodland around his home in St Albans. He’s also a keen sports fan, remarking: “Since retiring from rugby I’ve tried playing golf but I find it spoils an otherwise good walk. However, as Bransom sponsors the National Association of Goldsmiths Golf trophy, I have to keep my hand in.” 

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