Edinburgh-based Zonal and Only A Pavement Away launch ‘Winter Warmth’ campaign
A Scottish family-owned hospitality technology company have partnered up with charity Only A Pavement Away as part of a new Winter Warmth campaign.
Fourteen volunteers from Zonal helped pack 309 backpacks, filled with warm clothing, sleeping bags, toiletries and flasks and worked with the Only A Pavement Away team to distribute the kits around local hostels to support rough sleepers in Edinburgh.
The event took place on March 11 and is the charity’s first in Scotland.
Operating out of Edinburgh, Zonal was founded in 1979 by the McLean family and was responsible for introducing the first electronic-point-of-sale (EPoS) solution to the hospitality industry.
This is the first campaign that Zonal has participated in since recently announcing its partnership with Only A Pavement Away.
Only A Pavement Away is a charity that helps those living on the streets, as well as ex-offenders and vulnerable veterans, find employment in the hospitality industry.
In addition to the Winter Warmth launch in Scotland, Zonal is also supporting the charity’s Annual Cook and Dine fundraising event later this year, with various team members volunteering on the day both back and front of house.
Stuart McLean, CEO Zonal, said: “As a business with its home in Edinburgh, being part of the Winter Warmth campaign is a great way for us to lend our support to those sleeping rough as well as to help Scotland’s hospitality industry. We aim to continue helping the charity’s vital work in the months ahead, especially after the incredibly challenging time the industry has experienced.”
As well as this new tie-up, Zonal currently supports the Institute for Hospitality and UK Hospitality as well as partnerships with the digital charity box, Pennies and Pub Aid.
Greg Mangham, founder of Only a Pavement Away, said “We believe that our work is more vital than ever, so launching our first campaign in Scotland is incredibly important to us. We’re delighted to have partnered with a leading business such as Zonal for this campaign and are grateful for the support the team offered on the day. We’re looking forward to collaborating again in the near future as we expand our support in what has been a really tough year for the sector.”