ParentPay Limited has acquired school meal management software provider Cypad Limited.
The deal will expand ParentPay’s capabilities, providing a suite of apps that support the entire process of providing a school meals service, including selecting meals; managing production; recording meals taken; service monitoring; and providing performance indicators.
Cypad is a leader in tablet and web-based solutions used by school catering, local authorities and contract catering. The combinations of this with ParentPay’s school payment system will create a comprehensive, yet cost-effective tablet-based solution, the companies say.
“By joining together the UK leaders of online payment, meal ordering and kitchen management solutions, we bring to the market a breadth and depth of solution not currently available,” says Clint Wilson, group chief executive of ParentPay. “This unique offering delivers the best school meal management platform to parents, schools and caterers across the UK.
“Cypad’s feature-rich set of web applications, will benefit from our scale, reach and delivery expertise. This adds a new dimension to our growth strategy, allowing us to extend deeper into our customers’ operations, delivering even greater value and better service to them.”
The combined company employs more than 200 people and will be used in more than 12,500 schools in more than 190 local authorities across the UK. More than four million parents will access the system.
The announcement comes after ParentPay acquired Schoolcomms, the parental engagement, payment and parent mobile app, in January 2017.