By Andrew Don , 07-Aug-2017
Last updated on 07-Aug-2017 at 12:09 GMT

Street food booking platform Streetdots secures £500,000 to expand

 An app that lines up street-food traders with pitches in key locations in London and Glasgow is gearing up for coverage across Britain over the next three years. StreetDots charges base rents ranging from £30 to £120, depending on the selected site, which it splits with landlords for the lunch and breakfast slots.

It plans to roll out site availability to other cities after securing a £500,000 funding boost from private Singapore fund BOH Pte, which bolsters an initial £350,000 investment made in January.

The booking platform is in negotiations with landlords in Leeds and Manchester, with a view to expanding its Trade Smart app into the cities within the next three months. The company eventually hopes to expand into every major UK city, according to a spokeswoman.

StreetDots, which was founded in 2014, currently has land partners at almost 50 ‘dots’, or pitches, in London, including British Land’s Broadgate Circle, Blackstone’s Devonshire Square, Westway Trust’s Portobello Market Canopy, and TH Real Estate’s Bermondsey Square. It has eight dots at Taste Buchanan, owned by Land Securities.

More than 300 mobile caterers and restaurant brands, which StreetDots vets, are registered with the app. They include MyPie, Kokodoo, Chalana, Maremosso and Eat the Farm. The type of pitch varies from site to site depending on what landlords are looking for whether gazebos, trucks or stalls.

The dots can be booked a day at a time via the app that takes care of compliance, licensing and marketing on behalf of traders. Traders will get the pitch they want if it is still available and their operation fits with what the landlord requires. StreetDots hopes to operate from 200 dots in the next year and expand its user base of independent street food businesses to include restaurant brands wanting to reach new customers, pilot new locations, or showcase a particular product.

Founders Atholl Milton and Darren Callcott plan to add ancillary services such as pre-ordering and click and collect to help street food vendors access the growing delivery market. They also want to expand the pitches available to evening slots.

“We’re not only hoping to streamline the business of outdoor street food, we’re hoping to grow the market,” says Milton. “UK street-trading laws are guided by legislation that is over a century old and its processes seem to be stuck in about the same era.

“Our vision is a digitally managed UK-wide network of dots that is hassle free for anyone that wants to sell great food on the streets.”


Wellness tourism destinations in India
The tag of goodness

August 9, 2017 Tourism Kolkata

Wellness tourism potentials are being tapped in the country

Wellness tourism is on the rise in India with the Ministry of Tourism, India promoting and tapping wellness tourism potentials and destinations within the country. The Ministry maintains that it is being done by positioning India as a centre of Ayurveda, Yoga, Sidha and Naturopathy together with the spiritual philosophy that has been integral to the Indian way of life.

Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has drafted guidelines for wellness tourism which address issues regarding making available quality publicity material, training and capacity building for the service providers, participation in international & domestic wellness related events among other things. The Ministry of Tourism has also extended its Market Development Assistance (MDA) scheme to wellness tourism service providers including accredited wellness centres.

Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand

One of the most sought after wellness centres, Ananda in the Himalayas is a spa and resort that is at the epitome of spreading wellness tourism in India. The Ananda Spa in Rishikesh, along the foothills of the Himalayas, spans over 100 acres and offers a variety of spa treatments to its patrons. The clients can avail from a plethora of choices ranging between weight loss, meditation, yoga and wellness, cleansing, de-stress, detoxification, anti-ageing and personal grooming.

A yoga session for the tourists at Ananda

The spa provides an example of Indo-western fusion, as the treatments infuse Ayurveda with western techniques for enriching customer experience. They also offer customised packages with massage therapies, nutritious diet under the supervision of experts for holistic healing.


Take a Break From Life With These 11 Amazing Extended Vacations

Do you have a little time on your hands … say, a month or two, maybe even a year? Is your regular two-week sunshine vacation doomed before it begins by dark thoughts of the return to your desk?

Well, if you’ve got the time, we’ve got the inspiration. Each of these trips is at least 30 days long. Think an expedition cruise to remote Antarctic regions, a road ‘n’ rail trip around Scandinavia and even a full-year round-the-world “wellness trip.” Here are 11 ideas sure to fire up your wanderlust.

The Big One (One year)

Few trips genuinely warrant the “once in a lifetime” label—but this one surely does. An entire year jetting around the globe, taking in some of the world’s best hotels and retreats, and whipping your mind and body into shape. The trip takes in 20 countries, where you’ll indulge in healing therapies, fitness training, and sport, under the guidance of a host of wellness experts. You’ll indulge in a boot camp and detox in Portugal, luxury safari spa in South Africa, Ayurveda and meditation in the Himalayas, and philosophy discussions in the Caribbean. Cooking classes in Southeast Asia, hiking in New Zealand, and diving the Great Barrier Reef are among activities to keep that holiday feeling going. Now you just need to ask the boss for a little more vacation time. And possibly a raise.

Ultimate Luxury Around The World Wellness Trip, Health and Fitness Travel, from $199,790, includes business-class flights



The capital dominated the top 100 list, while Asian restaurants stormed ahead. Margot Restaurant was a new entry at No 61.

London’s restaurant scene has showed its strength once again as it swallowed up well over half of the rankings at last night’s National Restaurant Awards.

The capital did not scoop the top spot, which went to Michelin-starred gastropub The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent for the second year running.

However, London managed the unprecedented feat of having 30 restaurants in the top 50, and topped that total up to 55 in the top 100.

The city’s best performer was The Ledbury which reached number two, up one spot from number three last year.

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