.. we are focusing on homelessness as it is a cause that is very important to us personally. In the long term, we would like to expand to allow any charity to list and raise on our platform.Ed Alun-Jones, CEO of The Dealer app
The Dealer app is a discount food app with a difference. Although there are other apps that offer discounts at restaurants in Manchester, the Dealer app donates back to charities the more you use it. I speak with Ed Alun-Jones, the CEO and mastermind behind The Dealer app to find out more.
Dealer app interview
How did the idea for The Dealer come about?
I began plans for The Dealer while I was studying at Oxford. It may surprise some people but homelessness is a really big issue there. The Dealer sprang out of conversations with restaurant owners in Oxford who were fed up of traditional discounting platforms. They wanted something that got bums on seats at the right times.
How to use the app
The Dealer is quite easy to use, although staff may be slow to act since they are getting used to people using the app. You simply load up the app and choose a restaurant near you, tap on the offer you’d like to redeem and let them know how many people are coming with you (that’s just to inform them, it’s not a booking!) Once you get to the restaurant, show them the code and it’s as easy as that!
In some cases, like with Black Dog Ballroom, the offers are exactly the same as you would get for just turning up at the bar, only you get that peace of mind that by showing the app, you are also helping to combat homelessness in Manchester.
A percentage of your savings is passed on to charities, although there is a minimum donation of £5 before you can donate, which means you need to use the app enough times before you can start helping.
The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for free.