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BigDish (DISH) begins nationwide expansion as recruitment drive ‘exceeds expectations’

BigDish PLC’s (LON:DISH) Sanj Naha tells Proactive London’s Andrew Scott the response to their recruitment campaign for territory managers has exceeded expectations.

BigDish (DISH) Annual Report & UK Rollout Recruitment Update

BigDish Plc (LON: DISH), a food technology company that operates a yield management platform for restaurants, is pleased to announce the publication of its annual report for the period ending 31 March 2019. The Report will be available on the Company’s website https://bigdishplc.com/category/reports-and-accounts/ and will also be available to view on Morningstar http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/.

BigDish announced its UK launch on 16 January 2019 in Bournemouth.  Sanj Naha was appointed as CEO in mid-February 2019, as laid out in an announcement on 30 January 2019.

Recruitment Update for the UK Rollout

The Company has been very pleased with the recruitment campaign to support the UK Rollout.  As announced on 30 May 2019, BigDish has divided the United Kingdom into 10 Territories. Each Territory will have a Territory Manager whilst London will have three Territory Managers.

At present a total of 10 Territory Managers have been recruited (including the current two Managers).  The remaining two positions are expected to be filled within the next couple of weeks. All three Territory Managers have been recruited for London.    

Sanj Naha, CEO commented:

“The response to our recruitment campaign has exceeded expectations.  We have a great team of new recruits joining BigDish, including OpenTable’s former highest achieving sales person for the UK and Europe.  This will result in BigDish expanding its footprint across the United Kingdom. Everything up until this point has been foundation building and now the work of expansion begins across the country. So far in 2019, BigDish has been setting out the key milestones for its journey. Going forward the newsflow is likely to consist of reporting on these milestones being achieved in territories added, restaurant acquisition and enhancements of our dynamic pricing technology.” 

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION EU 596/2014 (“MAR”)

 

Enquiries:

Zak Mir, Digital Communications Officer +44 (0) 7867 527659

Notes to Editors

BigDish Plc is a London Stock Exchange listed food technology company that operates a yield management platform for the restaurant industry, including a mobile App.

The Company helps restaurants in the UK fill their spare capacity and optimise their revenues through smart and dynamic discounts. Consumers can access these via the BigDish App and website platforms. Restaurants pay BigDish a fee per diner seated.

BigDish is fully committed to delivering shareholder value to its stakeholders through this model and is actively seeking to expand across the UK. An expansion strategy has been outlined which divides the UK into territorial target areas.  

BigDish #DISH – Further re: Business and Operational Update

BigDish Plc (LON: DISH), a food technology company that operates a yield management platform for restaurants, announces that further to the notification made by the Company on 2 July 2019, the Company announces that the 23,044,697 shares issued will be admitted to trading on or around 23 July 2019.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION EU 596/2014 (“MAR”)

Enquiries:

Zak Mir, Digital Communications Officer

+44 (0) 7867 527659

Notes to Editors

BigDish Plc is a London Stock Exchange listed food technology company that operates a yield management platform for the restaurant industry, including a mobile App.

The Company helps restaurants in the UK fill their spare capacity and optimise their revenues through smart and dynamic discounts. Consumers can access these via the BigDish App and website platforms. Restaurants pay BigDish a fee per diner seated.

BigDish is fully committed to delivering shareholder value to its stakeholders through this model and is actively seeking to expand across the UK. An expansion strategy has been outlined which divides the UK into territorial target areas

Alan Green discusses Tiziana Life #TILS, BigDish #DISH and Tertiary Minerals #TYM on the Vox Markets podcast

Alan Green discusses Tiziana Life Sciences (AIM: TILS, Nasdaq: TLSA), BigDish (AIM: DISH) and Tertiary Minerals (AIM: TYM) on the Vox Markets podcast. The interview is 7 minutes 50 seconds in.

Share Talk – Sanj Naha, CEO of BigDish Plc #DISH Company Update

Share Talk caught up with Sanj Naha to discuss the recent news of a partnership with Oceanic Media. Sanj provides an insight into how this partnership will provide added benefit to the company and where he sees the company progressing over the next year.
This will raise the profile of BigDish across the restaurant industry throughout the United Kingdom, which will, in turn, assist new incoming Territory Managers. I fully expect that this partnership will significantly increase the pace of restaurant adoption from September onwards across the United Kingdom.

BigDish #DISH Signs Exclusive Partnership With Oceanic Media

BigDish Plc (LON: DISH), a food technology company that operates a yield management platform for restaurants, is pleased to announce today it has signed an exclusive partnership with Oceanic Media Ltd.

Oceanic Media has hosted Restaurant Awards across the United Kingdom since 2007 and will host sixteen national and regional awards from September 2019 to August 2020.  Oceanic will promote BigDish via various marketing channels to over 3,500 restaurants across the United Kingdom that receive nominations and to the thousands of people that nominate restaurants for awards.  BigDish will also receive introductions to finalists during the period leading up to each event which is expected to increase restaurant acquisition.  BigDish will also be the exclusive restaurant booking platform sponsor at each event.  The sixteen events are outlined below:

The Restaurant Awards England – September 2019 (Midlands)

Pub Awards Scotland – September 2019 (Glasgow)

London Asian Food Awards – October 2019 (London)

Food Awards England – October 2019 (Manchester)

Welsh Asian Food Awards – November 2019 (Cardiff)

Scottish Asian Food Awards – November 2019 (Glasgow)

Restaurant Awards Wales – November 2019 (Cardiff)

English Asian Food Awards – February 2020 (Manchester)

Food Awards Northern Irelands – March 2020 (Belfast)

Welsh Pub Awards – March 2020 (Cardiff)

Scottish Curry Awards – April 2020 (Glasgow)

Restaurant Awards Scotland – April 2020 (Glasgow)

Food Awards Wales – May 2020 (Cardiff)

London Curry Awards – May 2020 (London)

English Curry Awards – August 2020 (Birmingham)

Food Awards Scotland – August 2020 (Glasgow)

The majority of restaurants that receive nominations are independent restaurants.  This further supports BigDish’s current strategy of initially targeting independent restaurants before targeting chain restaurants.

Sanj Naha, CEO commented: “The partnership with Oceanic Media will support our national rollout with the introduction of thousands of great restaurants across the country to BigDish.  This will raise the profile of BigDish across the restaurant industry throughout the United Kingdom, which will in turn assist new incoming Territory Managers.  I fully expect that this partnership will significantly increase the pace of restaurant adoption from September onwards across the United Kingdom.

“The summer is a busy period for BigDish with the focus on recruitment both in the United Kingdom and in Manila.  I will be travelling to Asia next month to strategize with the team on key functions such as product development and customer support.

“After having been an integral part of building two restaurant booking platforms in my previous roles, it is important that shareholders gain a sense of the bigger picture of the journey that we are on.  I would like to repeat what I previously stated, that ‘the platform, as it stands today, will be unrecognisable by 2021’.

“The other piece of exciting news is that we will shortly see our first restaurant group trial BigDish.  Group restaurants typically start with a single location trial with a view to progressing to the pilot project phase followed by a full rollout should the pilot phase be successful.   I have extensive experience with group restaurants and expect to see significant numbers join our platform in due course. This rollout will also in turn be accelerated by the Territory Managers.  It is by design that we have started with independent restaurants in order to have a variety of cuisines and restaurants.”

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION EU 596/2014 (“MAR”)

 

Enquiries:

Zak Mir, Digital Communications Officer

 

+44 (0) 7867 527659

Notes to Editors

BigDish Plc is a London Stock Exchange listed food technology company that operates a yield management platform for the restaurant industry, including a mobile App.

The Company helps restaurants in the UK fill their spare capacity and optimise their revenues through smart and dynamic discounts. Consumers can access these via the BigDish App and website platforms. Restaurants pay BigDish a fee per diner seated.

BigDish is fully committed to delivering shareholder value to its stakeholders through this model and is actively seeking to expand across the UK. An expansion strategy has been outlined which divides the UK into territorial target areas.

BigDish Plc (DISH) – Brighton Goes Live on BigDish Platform  

 BigDish Plc (LON: DISH), a food technology company that operates a yield management platform for restaurants, is pleased to announce today that Brighton has gone live on the BigDish platform.

Further to the announcement on 2 July 2019, the Company believes that Brighton will be a significant location for BigDish. Initially, a select number of restaurants will be available on the platform, and it is expected that the number of restaurants will increase quickly.

The Company is also pleased to announce that a new Territory Manager covering the South East of the United Kingdom (Territory 3) will start on 5 August 2019. This is part of the Company’s recruitment drive for Territory Managers to cover the entire United Kingdom.

Sanj Naha, CEO commented:

“The addition of Brighton to the BigDish platform is incredibly exciting.  We expect the location to be a major hub of BigDish activity and are looking forward to seeing more and more restaurants added.

“It is also promising that our recruitment drive is progressing well.  We look forward to updating the market on further recruitment and operational developments.”

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION EU 596/2014 (“MAR”)

Enquiries:

Zak Mir, Digital Communications Officer

+44 (0) 7867 527658

Notes to Editors

BigDish Plc is a London Stock Exchange listed food technology company that operates a yield management platform for the restaurant industry, including a mobile App.

The Company helps restaurants in the UK fill their spare capacity and optimise their revenues through smart and dynamic discounts. Consumers can access these via the BigDish App and website platforms. Restaurants pay BigDish a fee per diner seated.

BigDish is fully committed to delivering shareholder value to its stakeholders through this model and is actively seeking to expand across the UK. An expansion strategy has been outlined which divides the UK into territorial target areas.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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BigDish PLC (LON:DISH) CEO Sanj Naha caught up with Proactive London’s Andrew Scott ahead of the launch next week in Brighton.

BigDish PLC (LON:DISH) CEO Sanj Naha caught up with Proactive London’s Andrew Scott ahead of the launch next week in Brighton.

Naha describes Brighton as a significant location and that they expect restaurants to sign up to the service quickly.

BigDish is currently recruiting territory managers, who it aims to have in place by early September.

BigDish #DISH Business and Operational Update

BigDish Plc (LON: DISH), a food technology company that operates a yield management platform for restaurants, is pleased to announce a business and operational update.

Highlights:

·    Brighton to launch next week

·    Launch of Brand Ambassador Program

·    Issuance of salary sacrifice and debt conversion shares

·    Board composition changes

Operational Update

Further to the announcement on 21 June, BigDish is pleased to announce that Brighton will be launched on its platform next week.  The Company believes that Brighton is a significant location for BigDish and upon launch expects to increase the restaurant numbers quickly.  The Company aims to have all Territory Managers in place across the United Kingdom, subject to finding suitable candidates, by early September.  This is currently the key focus.

As announced on 21 June, BigDish expects to enter into a partnership with a UK technology platform after Brighton goes live and expects to provide further detail in due course.

Over the past month, the Territory Managers in Territory 1 and 2 have been meeting with existing restaurant partners with a view to ensuring that operations are running smoothly and determining where improvements can be made.  The Company believes it is important that all systems and processes are running smoothly and that these are scalable as the national rollout progresses.  This focus on account management rather than new restaurant acquisition will balance out in due course.  As such, Reading will now be launched at a later date.

There are three core components to the BigDish strategy:

1.    Restaurant Partner Acquisition;

2.    Technology Development;

3.    User Acquisition.

The recruitment process that is taking place, both in the United Kingdom and in Manila, ensures that the first two components can be delivered.  The Company believes that once a national footprint is achieved, alongside new functionality and features in the App, the pace of user acquisition will increase significantly across the country.

A separate restaurant partner website is being developed that will enable restaurants to on-board themselves to the BigDish platform.  In addition, a blog will be launched which will have engaging content with a view to create a vibrant community of food lovers across the United Kingdom.  This will also increase the visibility of BigDish across various online search engines. Further detail will be provided as the development of these new platforms progresses.

Brand Ambassador Program

To further support User Acquisition, BigDish is pleased to announce the launch of its Brand Ambassador Program.  Following discussions with celebrities and well-known personalities over recent months, the Company expects to announce the first Brand Ambassador in due course.  The role of Brand Ambassadors will be to act as Influencers in order to increase user acquisition and customer engagement.  This is expected to be achieved through social media, video advertisements and attending key events.

Brand Ambassadors will be remunerated in shares rather than cash and any shares will have a restricted period from being able to sell.   As such, the Company has issued 12,000,000 shares that are ring fenced for the Brand Ambassador Program.  The Company expects to sign up several Brand Ambassadors and to launch various media initiatives from the fourth quarter of this year onwards as BigDish increases its national footprint.

Board Shuffle

Jonathan Morley-Kirk will move from Non-Executive Director to Non-Executive Chairman and Aidan Bishop, BigDish Founder, will move from Executive Chairman to Executive Director.  This will enable Jonathan Morley-Kirk to have greater oversight of various regulatory and compliance work and enable the Company to make improvements in this important part of the business.

In the announcement of 21 June 2019, Sanj Naha commented regarding a “media initiative”.  The Company expects to update the market several times during the month of July including further detail regarding the “media initiative”.

The Company also has issued 11,044,697 shares as part of its Salary Sacrifice Scheme and the conversion of debt into shares.  All members of the Board of Directors and some management have opted to receive no remuneration in cash since the IPO in August 2018. This is due to having confidence in the future of the Company and to ensure the interests of the Board and management are completely aligned with shareholders.

It is expected that the new shares will be admitted to trading around 4 July 2019 (“Admission”).  Following Admission, the Company’s enlarged issued share capital will be 338,558,883.

Sanj Naha, CEO commented:

“It has been a very busy period for BigDish with the recruitment strategy.  Having all Territory Managers in place across the United Kingdom by September would drive our growth, as well as having additional developers and restaurant and customer support personnel in Manila.

“Having worked previously at booking platforms such as TripAdvisor and Bookatable, I am aware of the importance of ensuring that every part of the business is built for scale.  The recent focus on account management in our first two territories is very healthy for us at this stage.  The summer period enables us to put our heads down and work hard on the ‘non visible’ aspects of the business. From September onwards, I expect BigDish to be firing on all cylinders across the whole country.

“I have also been particularly pleased with ongoing interest in BigDish from restaurant groups.  I am confident that we will see restaurant groups on the BigDish platform in due course.  It has been a deliberate strategy to date to only approach independent restaurants and small groups.  This has been done to ensure that the platform has a good selection of cuisines and restaurants and is not dominated by one particular brand.

“The launch of our Brand Ambassador Program is a fantastic milestone for the Company.  I believe that this will significantly boost our User Acquisition strategy as well as bringing national awareness of BigDish both to the general public and to the restaurant sector.  It is also great to see Brand Ambassadors becoming aligned with the vision of the Company by becoming long term shareholders.”

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION EU 596/2014 (“MAR”)

 

Enquiries:

Zak Mir, Digital Communications Officer

+44 (0) 7867 527658

Notes to Editors

BigDish Plc is a London Stock Exchange listed food technology company that operates a yield management platform for the restaurant industry, including a mobile App.

The Company helps restaurants in the UK fill their spare capacity and optimise their revenues through smart and dynamic discounts. Consumers can access these via the BigDish App and website platforms. Restaurants pay BigDish a fee per diner seated.

BigDish is fully committed to delivering shareholder value to its stakeholders through this model and is actively seeking to expand across the UK. An expansion strategy has been outlined which divides the UK into territorial target areas.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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Doc Holiday and TMS talk to chairman and founder of BigDish #DISH Aiden Bishop

After a whole bunch of speculation, in addition to spurious reports and opinion TMS reached out and caught up with Chairman and founder of Big Dish Aiden Bishop, the company has seen an exponential transition in both it’s business and share price.

We decided to learn more about the day to day business but more so the aggressive expansion of the company after it appointed Sanj Naha formerly of trip advisor as it’s chief executive officer, you can hear more by tuning in below!

Listen to the interview below:

https://total-market-solutions.com/2019/06/24/big-dish-serves-up-more-business/

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