Another win for Localz. This time, we won an Enterprise Nation competition, which provided us with James Bailey, a Sainsbury’s buying director, as a company adviser. Martijn Verbree, Director Europe at Localz, pitched against other start-ups to see Localz chosen as the winner to work together with James. We are very excited about the opportunity to receive advice from James about our business strategy, future growth plans and how to combat any issues that may arise along the way.
A couple of months ago, Enterprise Nation offered entrepreneurs the chance to compete for James Bailey as an adviser to their business. There were many start-ups that applied for this great opportunity. After careful consideration, James shortlisted the five start-ups to pitch to him via live video. Localz was one of the companies on the short list and presented to James Bailey on 27th October. The other finalists that were competing:
- Miss Macaroon - A social enterprise selling delicious macaroons
- Old Spike Roastery - A social enterprise selling coffee
- House of the Rising Bun - A social enterprise selling baking mixes
- Canesmith & Co - A social enterprise selling gourmet sweets
Old Spike Roastery also received the opportunity to work with James. The company sources coffee beans from all over the world and roasts them in their shop. Old Spike Roastery also sells packaged bags to consumers via other organisations such as local retail shops, wholesale accounts and corporates. What makes their coffee shop unique is that they are a nonprofit company that provides jobs and housing for homeless people.
Currently, James is the Buying Director for Chilled & Frozen Food at Sainsbury’s. He is responsible for the Dairy, Meal Solutions, Frozen and Regional / Ethnic Buying teams. This unit of the supermarket business has a turnover of £7bn a year and James plays very important part in achieving this outstanding result. Previously, James had worked for Barclays Capital as a financial strategist.
Localz believes that James’ experience is going to help us through our next stage of growth. We work primarily with retailers and James understands the industry. He can support us when it comes to dealing with large retailers and how to attract them to be our future customers. We hope to also provide James an insight into some of the latest location technologies and how they can change businesses.
Martijn Verbree says: 'We are really pleased that James chose Localz. We believe James' experience in retail and at Barclays Capital will be invaluable to us and help us with our plans for future growth."
Localz is very excited for what the future holds for us and we are proud to be working with James Bailey.
Posted by Radostina Tsoneva