This year we have been looking at businesses that could vie for the title of Best Startup Business 2014. We will be looking at some well-known success stories as well as brand new businesses that are still testing their offering. Today our focus falls on Cluey, a startup that’s delivering a new cloud-based method for point of sale to the marketplace.
Cluey is the brainchild of Fergus Lynch, a man with a lifetime’s experience of using various different electronic points of sale. He grew up in a pub, and later spent 25 years of his life running and owning a selection of small businesses. The nature of this work hassled him to master a number of different POS systems. From the knowledge amassed during his career as a bar manager, Fergus knew exactly how he thought he could improve on existing systems.
Cluey connects all aspects of a retail business and stores all the data in one place, so that it can be well analysed. It allows its clients to view the data at different levels, branch level or company-wide metrics.
Due to its cloud-based design, Cluey is a system that is very quick, easy and inexpensive to install as new hardware is not required. Cluey can be run in Google Chrome on existing hardware (but that doesn’t mean it won’t work when offline). Another benefit of this is that there is no need for long-term contracts.
Obviously we at CurrencyFair aren’t the first to champion Cluey’s ingenuity, last year they won the prestigious iGap (Internet Growth Acceleration Programme). The iGap is an intensive management programme for high potential internet companies run by Enterprise Ireland, and to win it Cluey beat off competition from other 100 other startups.
From the iGap Cluey’s founders gained practical learning from world-class facilitators, which covered fundamental topics integral to building a global internet business. It can only have served to benefit the company moving forward.
So, what’s the plan for the future? Although currently Cluey only works on touchscreen POS terminals/PCs, the plan is to make it available for smartphones, tablets and laptops soon. So if you find yourself in a restaurant and all the waiters and waitresses have their smartphones out, don’t be too alarmed, it’s probably just Cluey running the show.