Ground-breaking tool developed by Welsh engineers to launch at H&C EXPO

Duncan Foulkes Foulkes

Duncan Foulkes Foulkes

Other 5th July 2018

Ground-breaking tool developed by Welsh engineers to launch at H&C EXPO

Episentr has today announced it will launch its ground-breaking reputation management software at the H&C EXPO later this month.

The company will use the EXPO, being held on July 17 and 18 at the five star Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, to showcase its new product - designed to help hoteliers measure and manage their reviews and social media channels.

Episentr is a Welsh product, developed in Wales by Welsh software engineers and will be launching at the first-ever UK-wide hospitality expo being held in Wales.

The platform was inspired by statistics around the behaviour of potential guests and hoteliers when it comes to online reviews: 85% of all guests check and compare online reviews before booking a hotel and almost 90% of online reviews are left unchecked and unmanaged, creating opportunities for hoteliers who wish to find a competitive advantage.

Fresh from product testing in the US and built from specific hotelier feedback, including Hampton by Hilton, Episentr has the potential to save thousands of pounds a month by helping to realise revenue that may otherwise have been lost due to the impact of neglected negative online reviews and social media comments.

Leon James, co-founder and chief technology officer of Episentr, said: “I led the development of Episentr with a dedicated team of software engineers here in Cardiff.

“Working in technology, I have always been inspired by Sir Terry Matthews, Wales’ first billionaire who founded and/or funded over 100 technology companies, most notably Mitel and Newbridge Networks. Sir Terry Matthews also owns the Celtic Manor Resort.

“Wales has the leading destination for events in the UK, the Celtic Manor, the host venue for H&C EXPO. The new event for UK hospitality bringing the UK hospitality and catering industry together for the first time in Wales.

“I am proud to be a part of H&C EXPO in Wales, to showcase Welsh software engineering, in Wales’ home of hospitality, owned by the man who inspired my career in technology.”

Ends…

Notes to editors:
Media contact:
Piers Zangana
t: 07960 078 935
e: [email protected]
About H&C EXPO
The first-ever H&C EXPO will be taking place on 17/18th July at Celtic Manor.

The EXPO will bring British hospitality and catering professionals together to showcase the latest products, share best practice and discuss industry challenges.

Running over two days, H&C EXPO will feature seminars, panel and roundtable discussions, exhibitions, an ‘Innovation Den, ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions and hosted buyer meetings. There will also be an industry-first ‘Mentor Awards’ ceremony taking place on the evening before the main show.

The content of the show has been shaped directly by the industry through social media surveys, focus groups and insight gather from hospitality leaders across the UK.
www.handcexpo.com/

In these challenging times…

…the hospitality landscape has dramatically changed in the last two months, and with that our advertising revenues have all but expired, significantly impacting our business. Despite having to furlough a large portion of our staff, we are still delivering the valuable content and honest information, which hundreds of thousands of you come to The Staff Canteen for. We believe we have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs, are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector.

Your financial support means we remain independent and open to all. We were launched by a chef and remain the voice of chefs and other hospitality professionals.

We need your support to keep delivering the products and content that you love, giving you the platform to share opinions and inspiration. Every contribution whether big or small, means so much.
Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you