FIRM PLANS UK ROLL-OUT OF RESTAURANT BOOKING PLATFORM AFTER DEAL
A food tech specialist has outlined plans for a UK-wide roll out of its restaurant booking platform after completing a strategic acquisition.
BigDish, which currently operates in the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong, plans to expand across the UK, with a primary focus on regional towns and cities where the restaurant app market is less saturated.
As part of its plan, the company, which floated on the main market of the London Stock Exchange earlier this month, has acquired Pouncer, a restaurant booking provider operating through its mobile app and web-based platform, TablePouncer.
To date, TablePouncer has been focused on Bournemouth, where is logged 126,000 diners in 2017, but a UK-wide growth plan has been put in place by BigDish.
BigDish is set to deploy a development and growth programme to expand its presence within the UK with a beta launch of the UK BigDish platform in Bath next month (September).
The second phase of the programme will involve the migration of all existing Bournemouth TablePouncer users and restaurants to BigDish in October.
A final strand of the strategy will involve the new BigDish platform being rolled out to a wider UK audience.
Patrick Knight, the founder of Pouncer, has agreed to stay on to lead Big Dish’s UK operations.
Joost Boer, chief executive at BigDish, said: “The stage is now set for BigDish to grow within the UK market.
“Since our IPO, UK and Irish restaurants have reached out to BigDish to get involved with the platform. This confirms that the huge potential we see in the UK is shared by others.
“This is an exciting time for the company and I look forward to updating the market with our progress in due course.”
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