Slate Apps launches its Food and Beverage application to the hospitality market

After developing apps for a host of impressive blue chip organisations over the last decade, Slate Apps has officially launched its own hospitality application to the market, following two and a half years of development. Slate Apps is an industry-leading software development company specialising in mobile device and web app development.

Slate is a state-of-the-art, digital guest interface and management system which cleverly combines hospitality guest services with the very latest technology. It is designed to engage guests, drive increased average spend and significantly improve business performance.

Slate F&B

Slate F&B

Slate F&B is an interactive and fully customisable digital menu system that allows guests to browse the menu on any mobile device or tablet and can even be configured for guests to order and make payment direct from their table.

Slate Apps are fully bespoke and all imagery, branding and content can be updated to match the host’s requirements. Each menu item can be displayed across multiple categories, allowing restaurants to be creative with how they categorise the menu. Menu items can also be linked to other items for automatic recommendations and up-selling prompts. Slate F&B also supports wine-pairing to allow restaurants to complement their food offering by recommending their premium wines.

Using digital menus allows restaurants far more flexibility in pricing. Restaurant managers can test higher price-points, reduce prices to shift stock and advertise daily specials or promotions simply by making the necessary updates via the management system and avoiding the trouble, cost and environmental impact of having to re-print menus over and over again. Restaurants can also use the built-in advertising functionality to publicise upcoming events, promotions or other business interests.

Slate works on mobile devices and tablets across IOS, Android and Windows, as well as being offered on widescreen TVs to which Slate can retrospectively install touchscreen capability. This can enable restaurants to capitalise on passing footfall by displaying the digital menu outside the restaurant, capturing the attention of passers-by, and providing a modern replacement to the antiquated menu display box.

The management team successfully attended ‘To The Table’ in September – a hotels and food and beverage trade-show held in Dubai which CEO Ashley Coker commented “offered an incredible opportunity to introduce Slate to the global marketplace, and provided a solid platform from which we have continued to build relationships in the industry and grow our client base. We are in the process of expanding the team to meet anticipated demand by employing two new development staff to continue to evolve the product suite to ensure we remain at the forefront of technology in the hospitality industry”.

Slate are also pioneering the use of iBeacon micro-location technology to allow hospitality businesses to develop creative and revolutionary marketing campaigns inside the Slate app based on the movements of their guests. This technology allows businesses to introduce innovative marketing such as automatic prompts to review or leave feedback for a restaurant once a guest leaves the premises; notifications of promotions or special events taking place as a guest enters a hotel; or encouraging guests to return soon as they leave a bar by offering a digital coupon for a free drink.

Slate Meeting
The newest addition to the Slate product suite, Slate Meeting brings the heightened hospitality experience into any corporate meeting room. Allow your guests or staff to order coffees and refreshments, request equipment such as a projector screen or flip chart, contact IT, extend their room booking or more. Slate Meeting can offer all of these services, whilst displaying company news or advertisements via its attractive user interface.

Slate are in the process of developing further products for the hospitality industry to complement their product suite.

For further information on Slate Apps, please visit www.slateapps.com

Ashley Coker, CEO and Co-founder can be contacted at: Ashley.coker@slateapps.com or on +44 77382 64519.

ADLV Reports Surge in Commercial Electronic Checking Following Abolition Of Paper Driving Licence Counterpart

The ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) www.adlv.co.uk has reported a surge in online commercial checking from vocational fleets following the abolition of the paper driving licence counterpart in July this year. Despite a slight reduction in the growth rate of checking immediately prior to the change, the rate of increase for the months of July and August over the prior year, were 38.0% and 37.3% respectively. The ADLV forecasts that the total number of checks carried out by members this year will now exceed 2 million.

The ADLV believes that the scale of the increase in the rate of growth is also a reflection of its campaign to encourage electronic checking as a fundamental best-practice for fleet management. In addition, the numbers also reflect the association’s recent ‘road safety’ campaign. This urges fleet managers to increase the frequency of checks from annual to quarterly in order to identify high-risk drivers, such as those with mobile phone convictions. One ADLV member reports that since the organisation’s launch, the average number of checks per driver per annum is up nearly 30% from 1.1 checks to 1.4 checks per driver. In response to the figures the ADLV is planning to introduce other ‘know your driver’ options, within its checking system, which will ensure even higher standards for ‘entitlement to drive’ checking.

Malcolm Maycock Chair of the ADLV

Malcolm Maycock Chair of the ADLV

Commenting on the news, Malcolm Maycock Chair of the ADLV noted, “Finally, following the abolition of the counterpart, the message has got through that electronic checking is now a best-practice for those fleet managers that are keen to comply with the highest standards.

“In addition, as increased checking means that high risk drivers are spotted more quickly, there is a realisation that embracing electronic checking more fully contributes significantly to road safety. So we welcome any upswing in the figures, as this translates directly into the roads being safer for the public. Ultimately, with electronic checking facilitating the ever more extensive use of big data, we believe that organisations will be keen to gain a far greater degree of knowledge about exactly who is entitled to be behind the wheel of their vehicles. The ADLV will meet this demand with a number of announcements over the coming months.”

Note To Editors: About the ADLV (www.adlv.co.uk)
The Association for Driving License Verification has been established to promote and encourage best practice within the industry for the initial and continued validation of driver entitlement for responsible employers and road safety.

The ADLV will both represent and regulate Members organisations in accordance with its rigorous Code of Conduct.

The current list of ADLV members that Fleet managers can contact should they require driving licence checks is a follows:

Admin Business Solutions, Chalcheck Ltd, Descartes Systems UK Ltd, DriveTech (UK) Ltd, Drivercheck Ltd., DrivingMonitor, Fleet Claims Administration Ltd, Fleet Partnership Solutions Ltd, GB Group plc., Jaama Ltd, Inchcape Fleet Solutions, Intelligent Data Systems (UK) Ltd, Interactive Driving Systems Ltd, Licence Bureau Ltd, Licence Check Ltd, Pinewood Technologies, Driver Hire Group Services Ltd.

For further information please contact:
Richard Payne-Gill
ADLV
07534 199236
richard.paynegill@adlv.co.uk
www.adlv.co.uk

or

Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR & Marketing Group
07758 372527
leigh.richards@therightimage.co.uk
www.therightimage.co.uk

Hotel Paves Way For Housing In London Housing Zone


Pro Auction announces an auction of the entire contents of The Best Western Cumberland Hotel 1 – 3 St. Johns Road, Harrow HA1 2EF on the 18th November 2015. The entire contents will go under the gavel and will encompass everything at the premises, from the 85 superbly appointed rooms and suites, all guest areas, including the bar, foyer areas, restaurant, full commercial kitchens and on site laundry.

The sale will be live from The Hotel premises and webcast over the internet via the BidSpotter platform. Viewing is available to the public on the 16th & 17th November 2015 between 10.00am and 3pm and prior to the sale commencing on the 18th between 8.30am and 10.00am.

Cumberland Hotel

Cumberland Hotel

Planning consent has been granted for the demolition of the existing hotel buildings and phased redevelopment of the site to provide 121 residential flats including affordable housing within two blocks with basement and ranging from five to nine storeys in height. Harrow is one of the boroughs named by London Mayor Boris Johnson as a London Housing Zones which sees fast tracking 28,000 new homes for Londoners in nine zones across the capital and vast regeneration over thousands of hectares driven by £260m of new investment.

The event offers both the hospitality industry and individual buyers an unrivalled opportunity to purchase the contents of this first class hotel at a fraction of new replacement cost. The property has recently had an extensive led refurbishment and the lots offered are in impeccable order.

Items of note include the contents of the quality 85 hotel rooms and suites and the contents of lobbies, offices, modern fully equipped kitchens, together with crockery, cutlery, soft furnishings, boilers, laundry equipment, and housekeeping and back of house are to be included within the sale. In total, there are over 500 plus lots – constantly upgraded to meet the requirements of a hotel of the Cumberland’s position, and follow the sale of the property to developers.

The auction takes place from the hotel with online bidding possible through www.bidSpotter.co.uk. Catalogues are available by calling (44) 01761 414000 or via a download from the auctioneers website.

Mark Flynn of Pro Auction comments: “The sale presents a rare opportunity to acquire quality assets quickly and cost effectively given such a large quality hotel. It is possible for bidders to buy the entire contents of the bedrooms with three types of accommodation schemes to attract a variety of buyers and scales of purchase, accommodating the quality of a classic hotel, given we are selling everything within the hotel we expect the sale to be of interest to a wide base of other hoteliers and people in the hospitality industry generally.”

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