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The co-founder of Bongo’s Bingo, Joshua Burke, is launching a brand-new venture in July. With co-founders Carl Whiteside and Lewis Allbones, the trio have been working on their project for 3 years, identifying several crucial ways to improve how customers engage with the vast and varied hospitality industry across the country.

Glug is a free app to order food and drink in advance, connect users with venues and plan social time with friends and family.

Benefits of the launch version of the app include full menus to order from through mobile devices, computers and tablets. Reduced queues with quicker and more efficient service. Maintaining safe social distancing measures and no cards or cash accepted – everything is ordered and paid for through the app, with less contact.

Glug aims to bring everything into one place with thousands of venues listed. It works for every kind of hospitality business, from the smallest countryside pub to the biggest nightclub or high-end eatery, to independent cafes, delis, intimate bars, bakeries and high street chains.

As social distancing is gradually relaxed, in the coming weeks the hospitality industry will. open its doors again and face new challenges in the new Covid-19 normal. Glug will help many businesses adapt successfully to these unprecedented changes.

“We have raised £250,000 of investment already,” explains Josh. “We are launching Glug to support the hospitality industry as bars, restaurants and pubs across the UK reopen. We work with many of them through Bongo’s Bingo and the wider hospitality circles we are all part of. And with David on board, we have got his many years of vital experience in this area too.

“Glug is something we all passionately believe in. It will help businesses and their customers by linking them together, with the free app’s users able to engage in a whole host of innovative functions. With reduced capacity due to social distancing, venues will want to maximise their revenue and how they engage with customers.”

David adds: “I will be working with Josh and the team in the capacity of Board Advisor to help support Glug’s growth with my technical and industry expertise and experience. Having previously been involved in bringing very similar technical products to market and scaling them to national level, I am well placed to advise on key consideration, industry dynamics and help the company to build relationships and avoid common pitfalls as they grow.”

Glug launches on Weds July 1 st 2020.