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Suggestion/comment boxes  provide a way for you to communicate with your employees and most importantly, for them to communicate with you. I was recently in a staff canteen and whilst munching my way through lunch I noticed their suggestion box on the wall.

It is a good thing that someone in the HR Department has thought to have one for employees to use however on closer inspection I noticed no pen was available (the pen socket was empty) and no paper or comment cards were in the leaflet dispenser. 

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A simple way to shed pounds and rejuvenate your appeal in 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014 16:42:14 Europe/London

If like me you start the New Year adamant about loosing weight after all the excess calories over Christmas.  I also like to set new Goals and here at Taste Modern we are working on some exciting new products to add to our range. To make space we are trimming down by having a huge sale so that you too can get on board shedding pounds from your budgets and at the same time refreshing your POS displays and information boards ready to attract more customers and boost sales in 2014.  

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We’ve moved!

Monday, 7 October 2013 15:41:57 Europe/London

Closer to London and yet in the heart of the South Downs – we are enjoying our new and greener environment. Our offices are in Albourne, just off the M23 and 15 minutes from Gatwick.

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Red Hot Design

Friday, 23 November 2012 15:39:01 Europe/London

We have been feasting on the delights the colour RED has to offer us in its use in restaurant and cafe bar settings as it’s this Seasons colour choice for many interior designers .

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A Taste of Modern Business in Britain

Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:25:35 Europe/London

We want to bring you a taste of what some of our customers are like to celebrate the diversity in British business personalities and how they use quality point of sale display items to convey instant messages to their customers. Our first customer uses Tastemodern Crock Card Holders to tempt you to their goodies.

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In times of celebration – Is your Menu Board a pot of gold?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 15:37:11 Europe/London

As I made my way through the crowds of green shirts and leprechaun lookalikes on Saturday, I was eager to see how adventuress some of the well known Irish pubs in Brighton would be with their menus. With so much emphasis on ‘getting them in’ and getting the pints ‘down ye’ this is without doubt a BIG day for Guinness and fair play to them for their beer mat marketing and oversized hats that once earned based on your capability for alcohol consumption, take pride of place for years to come as collector’s items (yes, I do have one).

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If you have been following Channel 5’s series – The Restaurant Inspector with Fernando Peire from London’s famous Ivy Restaurant – you could well be sitting smugly thinking that your restaurant is ‘ivy league’ by comparison with some of those highlighted in the TV series. However, I think that Peire draws attention to the fact that we can get too precious about our menu and how we do things, that we can get a bit jaded over time and lack the desire to try new things and we can convince ourselves that we are too busy to pay attention to detail in the small areas but the ones that count the most. 

How do you shape up in the The Menu Test? 



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Plastic heart gives new lease of life

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 17:12:03 Europe/London

As we work with various plastic materials to help give our customers a new lease of life by looking more appealing via their signage and point of sale, the news item today about Matthew Green getting a new lease of life thanks to a plastic heart powered by a portable driver in a backpack caught my eye. At only 40, this plastic heart buys him some time whilst he awaits a transplant and means that he can enjoy a quality of life with his family.

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Today the news has been dominated by the fact that there is just one year to go before the Olympic Games. Various activities planned throughout the day to heighten the excitement with previous Olympic winners taking part in events up and down the country. It is very exciting and even if you were originally or still are an Olympic sceptic it will be very hard to stay that way as the momentum builds over the next 365 days.

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The Jewel Thief – a steal of an idea in retail lighting

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:36:26 Europe/London

The Jewel Thief, BrightonA trip to the North Lanes in Brighton is always a treat especially when you come across an innovative idea for retail interiors.

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Morning AdvertiserThe Morning Advertiser hosted their spring 2011 Freehold 500 Business Club last month at the engaging Olde Oak Inn Hurley, Berkshire - with a guest list to include independent publicans from around the UK and specialists in the food and drink industry.

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Location Location Location – scooping up new business

Thursday, 28 April 2011 16:20:03 Europe/London

Dog walkingWhilst walking my dog in the park yesterday I caught sight of a flyer posted onto a tree. As I stooped to ‘scoop my poop’ I was able to read what it said – targeted to dog owners the header read – Does your dog pull on the lead? It then goes on to say that the person who posted the flyer is an expert in dog behaviour and can take care of all your problems.

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Car ParkingNever before has it been so important to support the high street trade and attract customers and yet local councils penalise shoppers and not reward them...

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Customer ServiceSpider on the Wall Ltd are a professional mystery shopping service that specialise in helping companies understand their customer service and identify areas for improvement.

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Guest Post - Choosing Your Speciality Coffee Menu

Thursday, 10 February 2011 17:30:49 Europe/London

CoffeeBy Sadie Hopkins, owner of www.yorkcoffeeemporium.co.uk , a specialist coffee roasters and coffee consultancy.


Deciding on a coffee menu which is unique enough to make your café stand out yet recognisable enough to encourage new customers can be tricky...




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When is a Garden Centre not a Garden Centre?

Thursday, 6 January 2011 11:27:25 Europe/London

garden centreGarden Centres have for many years offered a wide range of products other than plants, gardens tools and garden accessories....



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How to increase your prices and reduce customer discontent

Wednesday, 8 December 2010 12:12:27 Europe/London


coffee shopWith the VAT change in January 2011, catering and hospitality businesses are faced with how to increase prices without upsetting or losing customers.


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The death of the Wi-fi connection in Coffee shops…

Friday, 26 November 2010 10:50:36 Europe/London

“Give us our coffee shop back!” screamed the customer…

 

In America more and more coffee shops are disconnecting Wi Fi connections to make room for customers without laptops.

 

Is this trend about to hit the UK coffee shops?

 

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Designing the perfect coffee and cafe operation - a guide

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 15:43:22 Europe/London

Marcell Rizza, Director at Tastemodern has compiled a guide to help with creating and getting your coffee shop business off the ground with some practical design and operational tips.     

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The simple way to gain customer insight

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:37:11 Europe/London

Feedback is essential in today’s society, with companies having to work harder than ever to gain customer loyalty, ensuring that the service provided was satisfactory (or more than satisfactory!) is essential knowledge, our comment/suggestion boxes provide a way for you to gain that vital information.

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Creating Inspiring Displays | Contract Catering

Friday, 2 July 2010 10:18:23 Europe/London

Creating attractive food and beverage product display can draw the customer in, promote new products, announce a special event, or advertise a menu change. If your display area is well located by the entrance or by the best flow of traffic then you have one of the most proven (and least expensive) forms of advertising at your disposal.

 

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How To Attract More Customers Into Your Café Or Restaurant

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 18:09:13 Europe/London

 

How to attract more customers into your café or restaurant can be achieved in many ways.  The key to finding the customers you want is to focus on the word ‘attract’.

 

The customer journey – Would that be you…

 

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Providing your customers with the information that will able them to make an informative product purchase in your staff restaurant or café is fundamental.

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Communicating your offer in a casual dining environment

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 18:04:05 Europe/London

 

In any dining environment making our establishment appealing to customers is critical. Part of that appeal is making your offer very clear. The customer is looking for service and it must be our daily “mantra” to make it easy for them at a glance to know what to do next.  

 

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A Taste of things to come – Tastemodern offers a design edge…

Friday, 18 June 2010 10:20:47 Europe/London

Tastemodern, a new company spear headed by a team of retail, fine dining and corporate restaurant professionals is to provide high quality innovative point of sale and promotional display products with the launch of  www.tastemodern.co.uk

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