LONDON, October 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Bannatyne Group, the UK's largest independent Health Club operator, implemented Google Apps for Business last year with the help of Grove Group, as a means to increase real-time collaboration and business development. We spoke to Justin Musgrove, Commercial Director on why they chose to move over to Google Apps.
Bannatyne Group was making use of a server for a 100 head office and mobile users, as well as 300 remote location users who were using a 3rd party POP3 server with limited spam and antivirus filtering. They were experiencing challenges with their server in terms of cost, and speed to deploy and migrate.
They were also becoming frustrated with expensive conference calls, needing remote access to data and having to be on a network or rely on wifi. The Bannatyne team was introduced to Google Apps through Grove Group, and after considering all their options, decided to adopt the Google Apps Business suite based on it's offerings of mobility, security, cost-effectiveness, and access to information.
Justin highlighted the most significant results that emerged since their migration to Google Apps:
Saving Time: A large amount of time is saved on collating information from across the group, "for instance sales and cancellation data for health club members (170,000 members); dynamic pricing is also shared across the estate far more efficiently."
Greater Collaboration: Regional managers have found particular value in tools such as google sheets, which they now use to collaborate and share data between managers, as well as using scheduled hangouts to discuss group strategies.
Mobility & Remote Access: Bannatyne Group has around 50+ mobile users using windows laptops and iPhones - Justin highlights that all users are reporting greater flexibility, especially when traveling to locations like central London, "they now don't need to take their laptops, but instead just a mobile device and they will often use a computer in the club if necessary."
Working on the Go: Teams within Regional management are now able to review group performance data on the fly; previously they had to be connected to an internal network and were sharing multiple sheets via multiple e-mails.
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SOURCE Grove Group and Bannatyne Group