New online ordering app launched to help restart the hospitality industry by Edinburgh start-up, Pour.
The new platform allows businesses to replicate their food and drinks menu and take contact-free orders through their own branded hub in the app, which automatically sends the orders directly to the bar, restaurant or café to be prepared and served by the establishment’s staff, to the customers’ table or takeaway collection point.
Helping maintain social distancing in venues, the new mobile ordering platform is the work of two Scottish co-founders, Ian Martin and Paul Kirkland, and Pour’s mission is to help hospitality businesses of all sizes get back on their feet following lockdown.
“We can help pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes get back on their feet by facilitating contact-free table service, takeaway collection and local delivery and we’re waiving all platform fees for the foreseeable future to support businesses in this sector as they reopen.”
Grant funding support from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK has helped pour accelerate platform development and launch initially in Scotland, before rolling out nationally thereafter.
Executive Chair, Innovate UK, Dr Ian Campbell, said: “Businesses from all over the UK have answered our call rapidly to meet the challenges we face today and in the future through the power of innovation. The ideas we have seen can truly make a significant impact on society, improve the lives of individuals, especially those in vulnerable groups and enable businesses to prosper in challenging circumstances.”
Pour is an app based mobile ordering platform that enables users to order and pay through their smartphone in the pub, bar, restaurant or café they are in, without a break in their conversation. In response to new ways of trading for many businesses, Pour has adapted to also facilitate orders for takeaway collection and local delivery.
Pour is the trading name of Pourit Ltd the Edinburgh based new start whose two co-founders hail from Inverness.
Pour has waived all platform fees for the foreseeable future to support local businesses through what is likely to be an uncertain time in the months ahead. The platform is launching in August, businesses can get in touch to find out more about the platform and how it works by clicking on https://www.pourit.co.uk/contact and customers can sign up for updates https://www.pourit.co.uk/mobileapp
On 20th April this year the UK Government Launched a Billion-pound support package for innovative firms hit by the coronavirus a £1.25 billion government support package, was announced by the Chancellor.
The UK’s innovation agency identified pour as a cutting-edge start-up and awarded grant funding to them to enable the development of the platform in time for the hospitality industries phased reopening’s throughout the UK.
Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new business ideas.
It connects businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.
Innovate UK funds business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Its support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation.
For more information visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org