Two Tees Valley businesses have teamed up to develop a vital new service for the hospitality industry thanks to support from the DigitalCity initiative.
Digital marketing and development agency Ovo Studio has worked with SellerHQ to support the hospitality industry through the Covid-19 pandemic with Etable, a cutting-edge digital hospitality service that provides contactless ordering for both dine in and takeaway restaurants, cafes and bars.
With a secure payment gateway, streamlined ordering process and customer details stored digitally, the platform offers a safe, yet effective solution for staff and customers while speeding up the NHS Track and Trace activity.
The platform is already proving to be a huge hit with many in the Tees Valley area including Sweet Temptation, Castle and Qube café-bar. Interested businesses are invited to receive a free demo and have the platform ready to go in as little as 24 hours, with zero set-up fee.
Owner Thomas Robinson said: “We at Ovo Studio are committed to supporting the local economy in these uncertain times. With that in mind, we wanted to create a solution for the hospitality industry that meant they are able to continue to thrive while keeping employees and customers as safe as possible.”
The creative collaboration between Ovo Studio and Seller HQ came as a result of the Tees Valley Mayor Covid Challenge, which was signposted by the Teesside University-led initiative, DigitalCity.
DigitalCity supports digital growth and transformation across the Tees Valley through a range of programmes, workshops and consultancy projects.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s vital that our businesses pull together at this difficult time, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, to seek new opportunities and innovative ways of doing things so our economy can recover and thrive.
“It’s fantastic to hear that, thanks to my Covid Challenge, Ovo Studio and SellerHQ have come up with a way to support our brilliant hospitality sector with their new service. This type of collaboration is exactly what we need to get through this and come back stronger.”
Thomas adds “DigitalCity has opened many doors for our company. From taking part in the Accelerator Programme I have been able to take a really deep look at my business from the ground up, evaluating the structure, value and service offering while ensuring I am working in the most efficient way.”
“The team and mentors provide real value with a wealth of experience and continue to support us, which we are really grateful for.”
The DigitalCity Accelerator Programme has supported a number of early-stage tech companies across the Tees Valley throughout the pandemic. Through a combination of online workshops, mentoring and peer-to-peer support, it continues to help digital start-ups gear up for growth as they emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown.
If you’re a digital start-up in the Tees Valley looking for support, please get in touch.