Major Hospitality Brands Sign Up to Embargo Amid COVID-19 Pandemic



More than 200 hospitality venues have signed up to use Embargo’s loyalty solution since the end of the first lockdown in July 2020. Well-known brands such as Notes Coffee, Bird Restaurants, The Gentlemen Baristas, Chucs Restaurants, Queens of Mayfair, Floozie Cookies, Crosstown Doughnuts and Thunderbird Friend Chicken are now using Embargo. The company has experienced significant growth during the pandemic as coffee shops, cafés and restaurants have sought out its plug-and-play loyalty solution. Serial entrepreneur and angel investor Loui Blake has also become the latest big name to invest in and join the advisory board of Embargo. Blake, who has worked with numerous hospitality and alternative protein investments throughout his career, joins other high-profile names to back the startup, including Nick Telson, founder of DesignMyNight. Blake said: “After using Embargo across our sites and speaking to fellow operators about the impact on their businesses, it was a no brainer to back this startup. When I spoke to the team, I was incredibly impressed by their vision – the demand for systems like Embargo is only going to increase as we enter a new age for hospitality and I’m excited to be part of the business.” Embargo, founded by Tsewang Wangkang and Frederick Szydlowski, recently became the first loyalty app to also offer users an on-demand delivery, click and collect and nationwide shipping service. Szydlowski, Embargo’s CMO and co-founder, added: “We are excited to see the growing demand for our product across the UK. Throughout the pandemic we have already managed to launch several cities and towns in the UK as well as in other countries based on reverse enquiries. It’s key for us to add the right investors who can help us grow and support our vision – we’re delighted to have Loui join us on this journey and can’t wait to work closely with him.”


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