BUSINESS BIG SHOTS HOT 100: Mike Burns, Managing Director, Pursuit Software


When asked what his single greatest business achievement has been in the past year, Mike Burns struggles to choose. “I can’t say there has been just one, as we have done some ground-breaking things this year,” he says, “but I think if I have to pick one then it is the recognition of Pursuit for its innovation.

“We are always pushing the boundaries of IT within the jewellery sector, and our work is being recognised by the businesses we now have on board using the system, from independent jewellers such as Jeremy France, to multi-store retailers, to high-value stores such as Hamilton & Inches.”

From its initial launch of a tablet-based EPoS system back in 2013, Mike’s company has soared to success, and regularly announces new innovations for the jewellery sector.

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“For example, we have now jointly launched a wholesale app with IJL, which is unique for the trade. It took two years of investigation, meetings and conversations to develop and deploy.”

As part of the evolution of Pursuit Software, Mike has now grown his team from eight to 25. “Seeing those team members expand our customer base through new developments, support and quality software has made me hugely proud of them, and the business as a whole,” he says.

No doubt that growth is set to continue into the future. But motorcycle enthusiast Mike admits that he also has another goal in mind for the months ahead: attending an open track day at Snetterton Circuit!

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