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The commercial food service industry says, ‘Okay Chef!’ to a brand-new online ordering platform


Two old school friends Rob Hutt and Antony Flatman, Rob from a tech background and Antony with 22 years’ experience as a Chef, have known each other since they were 11 years old and have put their time in lockdown to good use by finally fulfilling a long-held desire to go into business together. By combining their two skillsets they have started a brand-new online ordering platform called Okay Chef.

Okay Chef offers any food or drink retailer a suite of web and mobile apps to allow both high street and food service businesses to adopt online sales and maintain social distance without the upfront investment normally associated with implementing this type of e-commerce technology solution and digital marketing strategy.

Okay Chef was created from the view that there was a market opportunity for a more innovative approach to home food delivery provision and e-commerce marketing to rival some of the major players already dominating this industry such as Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats. The company’s bold move and major point of differentiation, is that Okay Chef has relinquished their own control and is giving each business complete control of their own brand and customer data, believing it’s better to be a partner rather than a supplier.

By bringing together established marketing expertise and an extensive technology product along with an experienced Chef, the company is now carefully rolling out its unique offering across the UK.

Okay Chef has also joined forces with TUGO Food Systems substantially increasing its commercial base and customer reach.

TUGO brings with it popular brands like ‘Neo Pizza’, ‘Burrito Cantina’ and ‘Streat 4ork’ and has sales outlets across the UK in sectors that include Retail, Business and Industry, Leisure and Tourism, Stadia, Healthcare, Education and Defence.

Benefiting from a broad in-depth knowledge of the catering industry, Okay Chef has developed technology that will, at the touch of a button facilitate, click and collect, delivery and pre-order. Payments are secure and the technology is fully compliant.

For Okay Chef this is an accolade and mark of recognition for the quality of its technology solutions which are already available to individual High Street operators.

Lee Personius, Managing Director Tugo Food Systems Ltd “Working with Rob and Okay Chef has enabled us to utilise and combine our businesses strengths, expertise in the food service sector and technical skills to build the best online ordering experience to the food service industry.”

Rob Hutt, Managing/Marketing Director “It is partnerships like the one we are embarking on with Tugo that will allow us to mobilise out technology when struggling businesses need it the most. We are in the business of reducing risk for companies of all sizes, enabling growth through the use of innovative technology and safeguarding the shopping experience for consumers during Covid-19.”

Okay Chef is a UK registered Private Limited Company and is part owned by the Indian development company that originally developed the Okay Chef technology. Strategically this decision was taken to allow Okay Chef to benefit from on-going technology support from a team of over 70 experts in web and mobile development technology. This has allowed and will continue to allow us the freedom to drive long term extensive innovation around the needs of our users.

Okay Chef Website: https://www.okaychef.co.uk/
Okay Chef launch video: https://vimeo.com/410129549

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Commercial Finance Broker Completes £2.7M Investment Deal For Eco-Luxury Apartments in Scarborough


It’s not all doom and gloom for the local economy during these unprecedented times, as companies seek to do business from the comfort of their homes. Leeds based Commercial Finance broker, ‘Xander Wealth Commercial Finance’ have just sealed a £2.7m investment/development finance deal in partnership with a local developer for the construction of seventeen high specification apartments on Filey Road in Scarborough. The company which specialises in development finance sealed the deal in May 2020. Work on the scheme is due to begin imminently and will be completed by August 2021.

These brand new unique apartments are specially designed and suitable for all age groups, including the elderly, disabled and families. They will be constructed from special insulating concrete, made with rigid thermal insulation and interlocking modular units which are dry-stacked and filled with concrete. The complex will have wheelchair access and be environmentally friendly too. Some of the apartments have views of Scarborough’s South Bay and are located near the town centre, train station and beach.

Xander Wealth founder, Kristian Alexander Wilkinson commented:
“This will be a wonderful addition to the local community of Scarborough, offering high specification, eco, accessible apartments suitable for people of all ages, with potential for tourists and permanent residents alike”

This represents a large deal in Xander Wealth Commercial Finance’s short history, which Wilkinson started in 2017 and after two years of building contacts started trading in February 2019. They offer a wide range of finance products, including development finance, bridging loans, commercial mortgages and ‘Buy to Lets’ for Ltd companies. To date they have arranged funds worth over £4.2m since its inception. They are now working on a small housing scheme in Castleford as well as one in Barnsley too. Wilkinson’s future ambitions is to establish his own credit line for the development of housing & commercial schemes across the county.
Despite the drawbacks of the Covid-19 pandemic, Xander Wealth keeps going from strength to strength.

1. Kristian Wilkinson has spent his working life hosting events in Yorkshire, building the website and social platform, I-Yorkshire which promotes Yorkshire to the World and is a passionate Yorkshireman.
2. For more information on Xander Wealth visit https://xanderwealth.com/
3. Visit the I-Yorkshire website at https://marketplace.i-yorkshire.com/

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NEW COMMERCIAL RELATIONS LEADER TO JOIN TEAM ENERGY’S BUREAU SERVICE


A newly appointed Service Delivery Manager for TEAM’s outsourced energy management customers.

Anthony Smith has been TEAM Energy’s most recent addition to their outsourced data management, bill validation and portfolio management service. This appointment will contribute to the continued transformation of their energy Bureau which sets out to deliver customer service excellence.

Anthony has been employed to manage a number of customer relationships in line with TEAM’s customer service plan. He has over 15 years-experience in customer service and joins TEAM from IMServ Europe where he led a large team of Commercial Relationship Managers delivering customer focused projects and leading its Institute of Customer Service plan.

As well as extensive customer service experience, Anthony has an in-depth knowledge of multi-utility consumption data insights, reporting and delivering energy savings.

Rob Webb, Bureau Operations Manager at TEAM, says:
“Anthony has a wealth of customer service and his cross-sector experience will bring an understanding of the variety of sectors we support in the Bureau service. He is very experienced in cross channel relationship building, negotiations, operational processes and mentoring team members. He will play a valuable part in delivering the best outsourced energy service for our customers.”

Anthony Smith said:
“Throughout my career I have enjoyed managing and developing the people I work with. I thrive when I am nurturing high-performing teams, streamlining processes for enhanced service delivery and working with customers to boost their operational efficiencies. I’m looking forward to contributing to TEAM’s transformation of their Bureau service, inspiring, motivating and leading a team of energy professionals and delivering an efficient and valuable service.”

Anthony’s experience in delivering first-rate customer service and his familiarity with energy and consumption data endorses TEAM Energy’s promise to deliver high-quality service as set out in their mission “to help customers build a successful and optimised energy management service”.

For further information, please contact:
Pauline Scoins – Marketing and PR Executive
TEAM Energy
Phone: +44 (0)1908 690018 Ext 204
Email: pscoins@teamenergy.com
EDW House, Radian Court, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PJ Website: www.teamenergy.com

About TEAM
TEAM Energy is a leading supplier of carbon and energy management solutions. We specialise in energy management software, energy bureau services, and energy consultancy.

TEAM’s customers come from the private sectors including retail, transport and banking, and public sectors such as education, government, NHS and emergency services. Public sector organisations can also benefit from TEAM’s services under various pre-tendered government frameworks.

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