Bleep UK PLC has today announced they have partnered with Preston North End FC and event and stadia catering company Heathcote & Co (run by celebrity chef Paul Heathcote) to deliver a Hospitality EPOS and Payment solution for the Sky Bet Championship side.
The rollout started at Deepdale in July with the hospitality lounges, bars and executive boxes in all corporate areas of this prestigious footballing venue being completed in time for the big kick off against Queens Park Rangers. A number of fast service food kiosks in the concourse of the Sir Tom Finney Stand have also been upgraded, complete with integrated contactless payments to ensure fans get a speedy service, with reduced queues and waiting times.
The New Bleep TS-913 terminals have been deployed, complete with space saving, built-in receipt printers and barcode scanners with customer facing video displays for the club and caterer to run promotions and engaging content at the point of sale. Each EPOS terminal integrates with an Ingenico payment terminal, for fast and secure contactless payments, with several portable, pay-at-table Ingenico devices to take payments and print bills at the customers location or in their executive box.
Bleep Handy ordering devices are used for drinks orders in the Invincibles Lounge and along the entire executive box corridor – designed to speed up drinks service and improve the customer experience. The front end of the solution is linked together by Bleeps’ cloud-based back office software, Web Back Office, for sales reporting, stock control and fast and efficient price and product changes.
The results Middlesbrough FC have seen since undertaking a similar project, including increased revenues and spend per head though reduced waiting times and enhanced payment options, were a key factor behind Bleep being selected as the EPOS and Payments partner of Preston North End and Heathcote’s. This was in addition to the desire to deliver a better standard of service and faster transaction times, with shorter queues, throughout all their operational areas.
Gordon Bolton, Managing Director of Bleep UK PLC, commented: “Preston North End and Heathcote’s are just the latest in a long line of football clubs, caterers and stadium operators who want more from their EPOS and Payment solutions in their hospitality, concourse and retail environments. This is just the start of an exciting ongoing project to help improve service and fans’ experience, providing a stadium solution suitable for the top flight.
“As a lifelong Lilywhite, it is a real honour on both a personal and professional level to be partnering with Preston North End FC and Heathcote’s. Our track record and reputation catering for stadia and football clubs is second to none. We look forward to developing our relationship moving forward, as we strive to enhance the customer experience utilising our innovative solutions across the multiple transaction points, for all visitors to Deepdale.”