GS Systems has installed an EPOS solution for the innovative ‘all you can eat’ Viva Brazil steakhouse brand, which has two restaurants in Glasgow and Liverpool with additional outlets in the pipeline.
Launched by a team led by Mancunian restauranteur and entrepreneur Andy Aldrich, Viva Brazil has installed a GS front of house and back office system to give the business the necessary management control and business intelligence to create a platform for growth.
Andy, who was the mastermind behind the Beluga and Champagne Bars brands amongst several others, attributes the success of his businesses to a relationship with GS that stretches back for more than a decade.
“We are only a very small company with four head office operations managers – yet we will turnover nearly £5m this year. A lot of this is down to the control and ease of use of our systems,” he said.
“The GS solution gives us multi-site usage with remote management control, covering the entire package from stock takes to email orders. Everything is more accountable and easier to run.”
“For example, the procedures set in place for weekly internal stock takes have improved margins year on year and have reduced losses by nearly £1000 per week at retail,” said Andy.
“The system’s audit trail enables us to instantly spot and immediately rectify any bar or restaurant discrepancies, an essential business tool in an industry notorious for theft and under-ringing. By following GS procedures, we’re virtually eliminating these loopholes.”
Future plans for the solution include creating a VPN link between the EPOS terminals and back-of-house software so WTR sheets are automatically sent to the head office and imported in to Viva Brazil’s accounting software.
“This next step with the solution saves us several hours administration per week and allows us to grow the business without increasing our head count.”
Andy, who is planning to launch other Viva Brazil outlets as the brand grows, appreciates the input from GS.
“I have worked with GS for over 11 years as a business owner and can honestly say that the service the people provide is excellent. Obviously in our business, there are always times when we make mistakes or are late doing things but GS has never let me down when I have needed work doing in a time sensitive situation. I have a great working relationship with many of the team and love their work ethic,” said Andy.
“Andy and the Viva Brazil team have been incredibly successful since the launches of the two outlets in Glasgow and Liverpool. They are seeing the benefits of investing in technology and software and implementing all the relevant procedures to ensure they optimise the solution’s capabilities,” said GS Systems’ managing director, Niels Nielsen.
“Just as important, this is proof of the benefits of long-term relationships built on mutual respect.”
Issued on behalf of GS Systems, 119/121 Buxton Road, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 6LR (www.gs-systems.co.uk)
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