Bar listings and bookings site acquired by software group

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DesignMyNight, the nationwide website and booking service for bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs, has been acquired by an expanding business management software company.

It will be part of a new hospitality division launched earlier this month by the Access Group, which operates in areas ranging from manufacturing and warehousing to payroll and HR.

Launched nearly seven years ago by Nick Telson and Andrew Webster, DesignMyNight started as a listings site for London but now covers around 20 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland.

Its appeal to the Access Group is in its technology: the Collins online bookings solution and the Tonic online ticketing solution.

The Access Group has also acquired the ProNett, which is cloud-based property maintenance software designed to simplify and automate resources, processes and procedures.

The acquisitions expand Access Hospitality’s business management suite after the recent acquisitions of epos and stock management specialist Intelligent Business Systems and SelimaHR’s workforce management software.

Nick and Andrew will remain with the business to support its future success. Nick said: “As one of the fastest growing technology providers in the UK, we are confident that Access is the right partner to take what we have achieved so far with DesignMyNight to the next level.

“They already have a great set of products that we know well, like Intelligent Business Systems and SelimaHR, so the synergies are clear and extremely exciting.”

Bar and pub operators such as Arc Inspirations, Inception Group, Ideal Pub Collection and Cirrus Inns now use Access Hospitality solutions to manage functions including reservations, epos functionality and workforce management. New customers joining Access Hospitality include Stonegate Pub Company, Fuller’s, Be At One, Dirty Martini, Mitchells & Butler and Wahaca.

ProNett’s managing director Paul Gunn, who founded the business in 1995, will also oversee a successful migration of the ProNett team and its customers into the Access family.

He said: “The Access Group is a natural choice as the future home of the ProNett team and customers. I am extremely proud of what we’ve achieved together and I am very confident that our employees and customers will be in very good hands.”

Chris Bayne, CEO of the Access Group, said: “The addition of ProNett and DesignMyNight further enhances the Access Group’s position as the software vendor of choice for multi-site hospitality businesses wanting to achieve genuine competitive advantages and deliver brilliant, repeatable guest experiences.

“Hospitality operators now have the option of either investing in an entire end-to-end solution or integrating selected SaaS products into their current technology systems on a modular basis.

“The Access Hospitality offers a complete proposition where reservations, pre-orders and deposit payments taken through our platform feed our epos and stock management solutions.

“Epos data in turn feeds our workforce management solution, including staff scheduling, timesheets, tronc and expenses information to populate payroll payment engines.

“Sales, stock, payroll and property maintenance information flows into finance package and business analytics tools to give multi-site operators full visibility and clarity of all aspects of their operation.

“This is an exciting time for everyone involved with Access and we will continue to develop the depth and breadth of our solution suite as we engage with customers and gain a greater understanding of their business needs to refine our future plans to support them even more effectively.”

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