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London indie boutique scoops £20k tech prize

Leading POS software provider Vend has awarded a £20,000 retail growth package to East Londonbased owner-designer Kate Sheridan after holding a competition for indies. Kate creates clothing and bags that are made in the UK. From her weekly stall in Broadway Market, Hackney, and her nearby boutique and workroom, she has built a strong international following. Her designs are stocked from Paris to San Francisco to Tokyo, and in stores across the UK.

Yet the business is still run largely with pen and paper. Vend, a sponsor at the recent bira conference, wants to see Kate Sheridan take her retail business to the next level with this prize package.

“We’ve seen some pretty incredible growth from UK retailers in moving to the cloud and using clever technology to manage their businesses – from better customer insights, to a more sophisticated in-store experience, to being able to more easily track their inventory,” said Marc Cooper, VP of EMEA at Vend. “We really wanted to give another retailer this same advantage,
and we’re so pleased for Kate.”

The prize comprises software and services to help facilitate growth, including five years of Vend worth up to £5,000, Star mPOP advanced POS system worth £500, an Albion implementation package valued at £6,000, bira membership worth up to £1,000 and an £8,000 street-marketing poster package from Jack Agency.


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