New Completely Free Initiative Displays First Full Listing of all Registrations
‘Test and Trace’, contactless menus and a suite of tools to help businesses recover at no charge.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched the 50% discount on meals scheme for the month of August to provide a boost to the hospitality sector. In its first week, it was used by diners more than 10.5 million times, a figure the Chancellor said was ‘amazing’. Restaurant revenues have risen two thirds in the second week compared to the seven days immediately before it launched.
Until now, the complete listing has only been on the Gov.uk website but that displays only the 100 nearest within a 5 mile radius. Now a newly launched free resource to businesses and customers, eSlot, presents the full listing of every registered eaterie in the country.
You can access the website here - eSlot.co.uk
“eSlot was created during the lockdown as a completely free initiative to aid recovery for business and the community, help control the virus and keep the number of jobs lost to the pandemic as low as possible. We don’t store any customer data, eSlot is simply a quick and efficient link between a business and their customers”, said Vincent Kennedy of eSlot. “Initially designed as a response to supermarket queues, new features have been continually added as the situation has evolved. eSlot comprises two core functions to aid your recovery from the lockdown: ‘free Test & Trace Assistance’ and ‘free Booking, Queuing & Ticketing’. These can be enabled separately or in tandem. Businesses can also take payments, require a COVID-19 disclaimer, ask pre-qualifying questions and upload menus or price lists. These are freely available to all businesses, and will remain so (at least for small businesses) forever to help keep everyone safe and support the economic recovery”.
Does it contain every single restaurant ?
“New restaurants and bars are continually being registered so we can’t say every single outlet in the country is listed,” said Mr. Kennedy. “However we are checking and updating our database on a regular basis. eSlot is also suitable for any type of business or organisation, from shoe shops and barbers to churches and community groups. We are endorsed by Kingston & Merton and Richmond & Wandsworth councils”.
How does the Eat Out to Help Out scheme work?
People who dine out from Monday to Wednesday in August will get a 50 percent discount of the price of their meal (up to the value of £10 a head, alcohol is not included). The discount is only on food and soft drinks eaten on the premises, so it does not apply to takeaways. There is no limit on how many times the discount can be used in August, or for how many people, including children. No vouchers are required. Chancellor Rishi Sunak explained: “Each week in August, businesses can then claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days.”