NI tech firms team up to help hospitality industry with free services

  • Three Northern Ireland tech firms are offering their services free of charge for three months, to support the re-opening of local hospitality businesses.

    Gig Grafter, Right Revenue and Lightyear said they want to help NI’s hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafes as they reopen following the Covid-19 lockdown.  

    The three companies provide software services ranging from scheduling to revenue management and automated accounts.

    Barry Lynch, director at Gig Grafter said: “All three companies have their roots seeded in hospitality and are incredibly passionate about helping the local industry get back on its feet.  

    “Gig Grafter can assist businesses manage staff costs during a phased reopening. As rotas are drafted, the system automatically generates payroll estimates including insurance (NIC and PRSI) and pension (UK Workplace Pension) contributions.

    “With KPIs such as Labour/Sales ratios and Sale Per Hour, businesses can manage the sustainable return to work of furloughed staff.”

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    Adrienne Hanna, founder of Right Revenue added: “Right Revenue is a forecasting, data collection and rate recommendation solution, designed specifically for the hospitality industry.

    “This is a time when we all need to rely on data to adjust to the challenges of selling to new segments; new price points; adjusted lead times & a fundamental shift in buying behaviour for some time to come.”

    Chris Gregg, co-founder of Lightyear commented: “Lightyear is the world’s fastest Accounts Payable software saving hospitality teams up to 80% of their time by automating the data-entry, automating the book-keeping, and connecting approvers online.  

    “As the hospitality industry re-opens for business, it is critical that teams are spending their time focused on customers and not manually entering data or wasting time chasing approvals of supplier invoices.

    “Lightyear is already helping more than 3000 businesses to reduce the invoice approvals process to one click, automatically price checks every product purchase, automatically reconciles all your supplier statements and stores all your documents for seven years in an online archive.”

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