About Mark Ellis

Mark is responsible for the promotion of Welcome Systems' wide array of hospitality products and services. A self-confessed geek, Mark spends his personal time indulging in a number of passions that include photography, music-making, cycling and football. But not at the same time, obviously.

How to make your restaurant tables work harder in 2019

By |January 10th, 2019|

Are your restaurant’s tables working as hard as the team that serves them?

If you spent much of last year cursing over slow bookings and low midweek cover numbers, it’s time to turn up the heat on your tables.

Your online restaurant booking system is a vital part of the jigsaw, but there’s also some useful business […]

Get your restaurant into top shape during the January downtime

By |January 4th, 2019|

January is a time when most independents close for a much-needed rest. It’s also the one time of year where customers – after a run of heavy festive spending – tend to stay at home and not spend as much until their January pay cheque.

This means that this time of year is also the perfect […]

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas! [2018 round-up]

By |December 23rd, 2018|

With the year nearly at an end, we wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Welcome Systems!

Over the year we’ve brought you tips and hints which you can use as a restaurateur. From recruitment to tech, food trends and marketing, we’ve decided to round up some […]

6 simple January marketing ideas for restaurants

By |December 13th, 2018|

Christmas is an incredibly busy time for restaurants. So busy, in fact, that it’s easy to forget the planning that’s required to ensure January isn’t the most desolate month of the year.

If you’ve neglected to give January the attention it deserves in your marketing plans, fear not, for we’ve got six brilliantly simple ideas to […]

5 food trends in 2019 that will shape your business

By |December 9th, 2018|

Evolution is natural, change is inevitable and curiosity means the food industry will always be a fast paced one because people will always want to try new things.

So, what does this mean for 2019? And more importantly, how will 2019’s trends potentially affect your independent restaurant business?

We’ve put together a few of our thoughts on […]

Last minute Christmas marketing ideas for restaurants

By |November 30th, 2018|

Yikes! It’s nearly Christmas!

Don’t panic. If you’re a restaurateur, and you’re staring at an unusually quiet bookings diary for the next few weeks, all hope is not lost.

It might be tempting at times like this to convince yourself that the competition has stolen a march, or that people are simply far more inclined to stay […]

3 reasons why your restaurant should never be understaffed

By |November 23rd, 2018|

When people are off sick, away for their holidays or you’re having trouble finding the right people, it can be hard to always have your restaurant fully staffed.

Not having a fully staffed restaurant can not only impact your customers, but also the remaining staff themselves and, subsequently, your business.

In short, it truly is a recipe […]

5 essential elements for your 2019 restaurant marketing plan

By |November 18th, 2018|

Christmas will be here before we know it, which means its time to start planning your 2019 restaurant marketing campaign.

The trouble lies with the sheer number of channels, marketing techniques and differing pieces of advice you’re probably being given at then moment. Where do you start?

Thankfully, there are some emerging trends which will help you […]

5 restaurateur tips for the vegan festive season

By |November 9th, 2018|

With Christmas right around the corner, the festive season is the perfect time to showcase an enticing vegan offering and appeal to a broader market.

With consumers looking for something different, but also something classic, you can make your mark in a space that’s still developing.

So forget dry nut roasts and mushroom starters, we’ve put together […]

3 ways to speed up guest throughput in your restaurant

By |November 2nd, 2018|

You’re not a fast-food outlet, but you do understand how important it is to increase the throughput of guests in your restaurant if you’re to deliver a quality dining experience to the maximum number of covers.

Of course, the guests themselves don’t know this – and they certainly shouldn’t be aware of it – but in […]