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Following a record-breaking year since its inception in 2018, hospitality charity Only A Pavement Away is entering into a partnership with Zonal, the UK’s largest hospitality technology company.
As we enter the cold winter months and with the UK hospitality industry having experienced a particularly turbulent year, Only A Pavement Away, in conjunction with Zonal, will be launching the first Winter Warmth campaign in Scotland this upcoming March to support rough sleepers across the country.
With Zonal volunteers set to pack and distribute clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries for homeless individuals in Scotland, the new Winter Warmth campaign follows on from the recent successes of the campaign in English cities such as Brighton, London, Norwich and Manchester which saw circa £115k worth of donations packaged and distributed to those in need.
In addition to the Winter Warmth launch in Scotland, Zonal will also take a table at the Only A Pavement Away Annual Cook and Dine fundraising event later this year with various team members also volunteering on the day both back and front of house.
Operating out of Edinburgh, Zonal was founded in 1979 by the McLean family and was responsible for introducing the first electronic-point-of-sale (EPoS) solution to the hospitality industry. The company has since gone on to diversify its range of digital solutions and now serves more than 16,000 hospitality businesses across the UK.
Greg Mangham, Founder of Only a Pavement Away, said, “For over forty years Zonal has been a true pioneer within hospitality and a real asset to all those they have worked alongside. As we have celebrated a significant number of achievements over the past year at Only A Pavement Away –including facilitating over £80,000 worth of food donations since Christmas – partnering with Zonal felt like a no brainer and we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to help us as we expand our support for hospitality into Scotland. Our work is now more vital than ever, and as we have entered into tier 3 restrictions in cities like London, many more newly homeless are going to come from hospitality – these are our industry brothers and sisters and they need our help.”
Stuart McLean, CEO of Zonal, said, “After following Only A Pavement Away’s story for some time now, we became determined to lend our support, and everyone at Zonal is delighted that we will now be bringing Winter Warmth to Scotland this year to help those experiencing destitution. With the whole hospitality industry having taken such a hit in 2020, it’s fantastic to be collaborating with Only A Pavement Away who carry out such vital work.”