Restaurant software has revolutionised the industry in the past few years. Specific restaurant software and apps have been created to streamline restaurant processes such as delivery, booking, payment and cost reduction. Restauranteurs, however, can be slow adapters to these new technologies. In order to stay ahead of the competition restaurant managers, operators, and owners need to know about these 10 UK-based restaurant software companies that are changing the face of this industry forever. We hope you enjoy our list!
1 – CAKECAKE is the quick and easy way to pay the bill at restaurants and bars across London. CAKE allows you and your friends to pay or split the bill easily from your phone. This restaurant software means no more waiting around and when you’re ready to leave you can hit the pay button and you can be on your way. This solution fully integrates with venues’ point-of-sale systems, enabling them to gather customer insight and marketing data for every transaction. Features:
- Full data analytics
- Customer insight database
- Ability to created tailored customer marketing campaigns
- Real-time guest management
- Employee incentive systems.
2 – SimpleOrderSimpleOrder is an all-in-one platform designed specifically for restaurants to help optimise their operations with features like online purchasing, real-time food & menu costing, inventory tracking and much more. Features:
- Purchasing and orders on one platform
- Vendor relationship management
- Easily update your accounting via importing invoices
- Inventory tracking and management.
3 – MagictabThe menu of the future. Magictab is an interactive tabletop menu for casual dining restaurants that takes orders and payments all by itself. Waiters leave Magictabs with customers throughout their meal. Customers can explore the menu, order as many times as they wish, and pay the bill anytime they like. Waiters serve tables just as usual, always on hand to help. Features:
- Full pos Integration
- 24-hour Battery
- Drop-proof & Spill-proof
- Offline Mode
- Customised branding
- Table paid indicator
- Configurable recommendations.
4 – Nudge CRMNudge is an integrated sales and operations engine for hospitality businesses. We were literally in the middle of writing this post when we learned that ResDiary acquired NUDGE CRM. Definitely, a match made in heaven. Nudge manages pre-bookings with enquiry and reservation management. It also optimises service delivery with fully featured table management. Features:
- Enquiry & reservation management
- Central customer database
- Ability to created tailored customer marketing campaigns
- Loyalty rewards system
- Facebook integration to allow bookings & sign-ups via this platform.
5 – CrowdcubeIf you are looking for a way to raise funding for your restaurant then Crowdcube is the perfect platform. Crowdcube is the UK’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. They enable anyone to invest alongside professional investors in start-up, early stage and growth businesses through equity and debt investment options. They have a 290,000-strong crowd looking for interesting investments on a daily basis – it’s free, quick and has no obligations. This platform has proven to be a success for restaurants looking to raise funding in the past. For example, Chilango, a Mexican restaurant chain, recently raised £3,433,010 in a single round of funding. The restaurant’s original target on this platform was to reach £1 million.
6 – OrderellaOrderella is a UK-based app that allows your customers order directly from their smartphones. No more queues, we like that! It gives you the freedom to order and pay when and how you want with Apple Pay, Pay Pal and debit/credit cards. Users can browse a pub’s food and drinks menu, place orders and pay with Paypal or credit card details stored on the app. Once the order is ready, it can be picked up or will be delivered to the table by bar staff, it’s that simple!
7 – HappyTablesHappytables empowers restaurant operators by identifying opportunities and taking smarter data-driven actions. Restaurants today use multiple cloud-based applications for a variety of their needs; POS, reservations, ordering, loyalty, waitlist, social and more. Unfortunately, these applications whilst overflowing with data, do not speak to each other. Happytables taps into these various products to expose KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and actionable insights to the operator. You don’t need to add any tools to your restaurant, just use the ones you already have. Be it your POS, labour or other tools. This restaurant software will show you all the insights you care about on one screen.
8 – JinnappJinn allows you to order anything you want and get it delivered to your address in 35 minutes. All you have to do is think of your favourite meal from whatever restaurant and Jinn’s genies will pick it up and bring it to you. This is unlike Deliveroo who only collect food from specific Deliveroo restaurants that feature on their app. You can track your order in real-time for a great delivery experience. Payments are handled through the app so don’t worry if you don’t carry cash.
9 – WinnowKitchens are wasting as much on food waste as they make in net profits. The Winnow System helps by automatically measuring what gets thrown away. On average, the Winnow System help increase food gross margins by 2-6 percentage points. The restaurant software will cut waste in half by making it quick and easy to record exactly what is being wasted through a smart meter. Features:
- Fully customised to your menu
- Data tracking
- Staff show the value of each item
- Daily reporting to show where you can reduce wastage.
10 – BizimplyWe decided to leave the best until last! Sorry, but we had to add ourselves to this list. Bizimply help restaurants better manage their most important asset, their employees. Bizimply is an all-in-one people and shift management solution that changes forever the way restaurants manage and engage with their employees. We combine all the day-to-day management requirements of these businesses (scheduling, HR, clock-in stations, shift reporting etc.) into one easy-to-use cloud-based system. Through our time and attendance app and drag and drop scheduling platform, we can help you reduce your annual labour costs by 8-10%. Features:
- Employee time and attendance app
- Easy drag and drop scheduling system
- Check live labour cost vs scheduled labour cost
- Manage multi-location attendance
- Time cards are prepared accurately – ready for payroll.