Hospitality software launched

Hop aims to help hotels skip rising costs

Hop app: Jon Erasmus, Richard Drummond and Ronald Tweedie

Three hospitality sector veterans have launched what they claim is ‘market disrupting’ software designed to help hotels cut costs.

After 18 months development work, Richard Drummond, Jon Erasmus and Ronald Tweedie have launched Hop, a cloud-based system allowing guests to operate various hotel functions such as checking-in from any smart device or phone.

CEO and designer Jon Erasmus, was also behind the Inverness Brewery, said: “We are market disruptors trying to help our own industry.

“As hoteliers ourselves, we were becoming increasingly frustrated at lots of expensive legacy-based systems designed in the early 2000s, with bits bolted on and run by other companies.

“Our industry is having to deal with business rate rises, impacts of the Living Wage, Brexit and rising utility costs. There are pressures in many areas and people don’t want huge IT bills on top of that.

“We decided to develop software ourselves which could run a business.”

The three directors have invested £500,000 of their own money over two years. Hop is already being used by hotels owned by the three investors: McKays Hotel in Pitlochry, The Boat Hotel in the Cairngorms National Park and the Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness.

Six full-time posts, including three UK-based developers, have been created with 15-20 jobs expected over two years.

Hop has already scoped international opportunities in South Africa and is keen to speak to local authorities about locating its HQ.

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