Morecambe BID introduces food-ordering app

Morecambe Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a new app which will enable the town's hospitality businesses to take contactless payments, allowing them to comply with social distancing guidelines.

The Round app is designed specifically for pubs, coffee shops, restaurants and other food and beverage venues. It allows businesses to upload their own menus, from which customers can order and pay.

In addition, Morecambe BID is waiving a number of set-up costs, making the app all the more accessible to its members who have been forced to close for several months.

The organisation has waived the usual set-up cost, will supply tablets which run the app, and will supply marketing materials including table talkers and posters. There are no monthly or annual fees. There is a fee of 4 per cent per transaction, 3 per cent if the business signs up before the end of June.

John O’Neill, manager of the Morecambe BID, said: "Recent reports coming out of government circles suggest that an app such as ROUND, the one we are introducing, will be compulsory to use before customers can be served. The more outlets that use the app, the better for all as it will save people having multiple apps on their phone. I have it on my phone – it’s quick to download and setup."

In addition, Morecambe BID have made available for free to levy payers Perspex spit screens, and floor and window stickers to help the local economy get back on its feet.

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