Cityserve has launched a new cashless payment and pre-ordering system to its school contracts.
Cityserve Pay will provide a fast and easy way for Birmingham schools to manage catering and other school payments and can save schools around £5,000 a year in costs, as well as reducing administration time and cutting waste. They system is provided by sQuid and has been exclusively licensed for use by Cityserve, the school catering service from Birmingham City Council.
Schools won’t be charged for the system apart from a transaction charge of 1.2%. Non-Cityserve schools can also sign up to the system for a charge.
“Ofsted have already seen the benefits of this system, including improved communication to parents, removing the issue of cash-handling in schools and reducing waste,” said Brian Cape, head of commercial development at Cityserve. “Cityserve Pay eliminates the need to count, reconcile and bank cash as all payments are made online, saving schools time and money, while the use of interactive whiteboard ordering in class increases meal take-up and reduces queue times. And that’s before you get to the waste reduction and environmental impact of schools.
“If we can sign up 200 schools, that would equate to £1m saved from the education budget – that’s great for the council, great for the schools involved, and ultimately great for parents too who will also benefit from a simpler way of organising and paying for their children’s meals. Everyone’s a winner!”
At George Spencer Academy, catering manager Tanya Flinders said the new cashless system has seen takings increase by over 20%.