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Family Business Top 100 Recognition For Stuart McLean

We are delighted to announce that Stuart McLean of Zonal UK has been included within the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100,’ which recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within a family business.

Recognition in respect of:

  • Inspirational Leader

  • Champion of Change & Innovation

Formed in 1979, Zonal are a UK-based, family-owned business, established when the McLean family identified the need for a solution to solve stock control issues in their Edinburgh hotel. The solution was the very first electronic-point-of-sale (EPoS) system on the market, invented by Zonal’s founder, the late Ralph McLean.

This early EPoS system was admired by legendary brewer Scottish & Newcastle who then adopted it across their network of pubs, providing both head office and site managers access to a wealth of information.

Ralph handed the reins over to his son, Stuart, who became CEO of Zonal in 1997. Alongside his talented team, Stuart continues to grow and transform the company into what is now: the UK’s largest hospitality technology company, serving more than 16,000 businesses, from small, independent operators to multi-location hospitality brands such as Greene King, Pizza Express, Macdonald Hotels, The Restaurant Group, Dobbies Garden Centres and Bourne Leisure.

Stuart has developed a great team and been instrumental in overseeing the growth of Zonal, a journey that continues today and for which he justly deserves his place in the Family Business Top 100.

Following the announcement, Stuart said: “Family is at the heart of everything we do at Zonal. Not only are we a family-owned business, but we pride ourselves on welcoming every team member, every partner and every customer into the Zonal family. Having been part of the hospitality industry for 40 years, and counting, Zonal is always striving to provide businesses in the sector with innovative technology designed for the specific needs and challenges of hospitality businesses in order to help them deliver great customer experiences, increase efficiency and drive profit."

"It’s truly an honour to be listed in Family Business Top 100 and for the whole Zonal team to be recognised for the great work that the company does to support our customers and the hospitality industry.”


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