Tabletop Ordering

Promo Pads Dine® is the only custom digital tabletop ordering solution in Europe. We increase your revenues whether you are a bar, café or restaurant; we increase speed; reduce errors and increase customer satisfaction. A digital menu is located on each table and linked to our main tablet behind the counter. Our Dine® system is hassle-free and can bring you benefits with no changes to your existing EPOS or traditional cash registers. Customers can order directly using the tabletop menu without leaving their seat. How convenient!

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16 Jan

Bar & Pub Management: 4 essential tips for a successful 2018

After a busy holiday season, the start of the year can often feel a little dull for bar & pub owners, managers and their staff. But what January lacks in excitement, it makes up for in opportunity. So, if you want to get ahead, use this quieter period to focus on tasks that you generally set aside during busier times of the year. Here are our top 4 bar and pub tips to get 2018 off to the right start. Know your customers, not just your industry Knowledge of the bar industry standards, best practices and suppliers should be second…

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03 Oct

5 Tips To Improve Staff Retention in Your Café, Bar or Restaurant

If you’re in the food and drink service industry, you know that retaining your staff is crucial. But as staff turnover figures for cafés, bars and restaurants show, it’s not that easy to make your best employees stay. A recent report by Deloitte found that employee turnover in the industry can be as high as 31%, which is nearly double the average rate for other industries. A different report estimates that the sector in Ireland and the UK needs 993,000 staff by 2022, with some 870,000 needed to replace existing staff. And, according to the Restaurants Association of Ireland, there…

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04 Sep

The 7 most important food and drink industry stats in 2017

Statistics every restaurant, café and bar owner should know If you’re in the food and drink service industry, you already know that staying on top of changing customer needs, understanding millennial preferences and embracing new technologies are all essential in this competitive marketplace. There are a variety of opportunities for growing businesses, but what should your restaurant, café or bar focus on over the coming months? To solve this problem, we created a list of the most recent food and drink service industry stats. The #1 most important factor in customer loyalty is reduction of customer effort. 79% of guests…

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15 Aug

Safe? Food

There were officially 2000 cases of foot and mouth disease in the UK in 2001, but in reality, more than 6 million cattle, sheep and pigs were culled to control the disease. Food Safety is supposed to be one of the EU’s core competencies. Yet once again, with recent news of toxic eggs being distributed across the continent, we are being brought news of a food safety crisis playing out in EU countries which raises a question mark over how safe our food really is. Combine this with ongoing questions surrounding the impact of Brexit on food safety and the…

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26 Jul

Word-of-mouth marketing: How to get them talking about your café, bar or restaurant

A recent Nielsen report shows that 92% of consumers believe recommendations from friends and family over all forms of advertising. In another study, 64% of marketing executives indicated that they believe word of mouth is the most effective form of marketing. So the question is: how can your café, bar or restaurant master what has been identified as the most valuable form of marketing — the one that consumers trust above all others? Engage Firstly, engage with the patrons of your café, bar or restaurant. Listen to what they are telling you and be part of the discussion. Are your…

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18 Jul

40% of new restaurants, bars and cafes fail: Here’s how your food and drink business can survive and thrive

Thinking about opening a new restaurant, bar or café? Although the future looks bright for the food and drink service industry overall, there are no guarantees in this business. In fact, recent studies show that only 6 out of 10 new restaurants, bars and cafés make it past the five-year mark. But don’t let cold stats like this discourage you! Keep reading to find out the top 5 reasons for restaurant, café and bar failure and get some easy-to-digest tips to keep those stats down. Low start-up capital One of the most common reasons for restaurant, bar and café failure…

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10 Jul

6 ways to boost your bar, café or restaurant sales this summer

Business in the food and drink service industry can fluctuate. The number of customers generally reflects the economy status: it increases or remains steady in a good economy; and it declines in a troubled economy. But seasonal changes can also have an impact on business in restaurants, bars and cafés. The good news is that, due to an increase in tourism in most cities and nice weather encouraging people to eat/drink out more often, the food and drink service industry tends to bloom in the summer months. Hotels also see an increase in business during summer, so restaurants, bars and…

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03 Jul

Brexit Is Coming…

Over-dramatic headline and image? Maybe not. Enterprise Ireland has described Brexit as the most significant economic challenge of the last 50 years. They are advising clients to mobilise now and prepare for a hard Brexit. Brexit has implications for exporters, but also significantly for us in the tourism and hospitality sector here at home. Visitor numbers to Ireland from Britain this year are down 6% compared to 2016. A weakening sterling makes Ireland increasingly expensive for British visitors. But its not all bad news, overall tourism is up 3% in 2017 to date, with numbers from Australia and developing countries…

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26 Jun

Drinks Industry Has Potential For €1.7 Billion Additional Tourist Spend

A recent report by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, highlights the significant revenue generated for the economy by this sector. Here's a summary of the key findings: • Ireland is home to 14,324 public houses, licensed restaurants, off-licenses, licensed hotels, producers and wholesalers. • The hospitality sector employs almost 210,000 people and makes up 10% of all jobs in the economy. • €2.9Bn in wages is generated by the hospitality sector. • Over 40% of Irish tourism originates from the UK, and 2017 has seen a worrying 6.5% decline in numbers compared to 2016. • Excise and VAT from…

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20 Jun

How to Open a New Bar, Café or Restaurant

So you have found yourself asking how to open a new restaurant? Opening a new bar, café or restaurant can be a very exciting time. But to reach the point where the doors are actually open and you have customers, requires a lot of hard work and can take from a few months to much more than a year. The time to setup will depend upon what type of premises you want to open, its location and size. The first question! The first question you need to answer is actually a choice between two questions. Too often people decide on…

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10 Jun

How to market your restaurant, bar or café: 5 marketing tools and services everyone in the food & drink services industry should be using

Do you find that competition among bars, cafes and restaurants is fierce? In comparison to other SME’s, the food and drink service sector is recognised as having significant failure rates. We’ll cover the reasons for business failure and more importantly how you can help avoid the causes in a later blog post, but for now we’re going to focus on restaurant marketing ideas and how to attract customers to your bar, café or restaurant. This is not just fundamental for basic revenue, but also to help overcome charges like the new ‘sunshine tax’; centralised charges for streetside catering…ughh… It was…

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05 Jun

Go Green! 10 ways to make your restaurant, bar or café more eco-friendly

Today is World Environment Day and the environment is in vogue with customers, so we thought we’d share some simple sustainability practices, hints and tips on making your bar, café or restaurant more eco-friendly. Creating a sustainable business is not just a good idea for the environment and our kids; creating a sustainable business is good for business! The food and drink service sector uses a lot of energy and water, a lot of durable and consumable goods and of course, creates a lot of waste. There are approximately 7000 pubs, 4000 restaurants and over 500 coffee shops in Ireland…

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17 Jul

And We’re Off!

Exciting times ahead! Promo Pads is creating the first custom tabletop order system in Europe, Dine. We can't wait to start solving problems for the food and drink industry. Our development project has already started, with the support of the Kildare Local Enterprise Office and European Structural and Investment Funds under the regulations for De Minimis Aid, and is on track for our launch. To see how far Point of Sale has come, check out our infographic.

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27 Jun


It's always sad when someone you care about leaves. Like many others, we at Promo Pads were very surprised to awake on Friday 24th June and learn that the British people had voted to leave the EU. While we certainly hoped that the UK would remain an EU partner, we understand that our supporters in the UK are not going anywhere, and like us you will still be here, doing business despite any uncertainty over the next few years. Nonetheless, for a while at least Brexit will bring some uncertainty; many reports are predicting that the British Pound might fall…

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