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ParentPay acquires school meal ordering and hospitality software provider BlueRunner

ParentPay Limited, the UK’s leading provider of school payment and parental engagement services, has acquired BlueRunner Solutions Limited a leader in web and mobile based meal ordering solutions for schools, contract catering companies and hospitality.

The deal extends ParentPay’s existing meal management platform with additional functionality for meal ordering in primary schools as well as rewards, loyalty and hospitality booking for schools and tertiary education institutions.

Importantly, BlueRunner also brings a new tablet-based meal ordering and cashless catering product for secondary schools, rounding off the Group’s primary and secondary school meal management solutions.

The acquisition expands ParentPay’s reach into the hospitality and corporate catering markets in the UK.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed on 31st December 2021, ParentPay Limited has acquired 100% of the issued share capital in BR Limited.

Commenting on the deal, Mark Brant, Group Chief Executive of ParentPay said, “ParentPay has long valued its relationship with school caterers and the ability to complement our existing suite of products with additional features for primary school catering alongside new cashless catering solutions for hospitality and secondary schools, is highly attractive.”

He added: “We’re delighted to welcome BlueRunner to the Group and look forward to delivering even greater value to our customers and staff alike.”

Chris Schroeder, BlueRunner’s MD and Founder, added, “ParentPay’s leading position in the school payments market and its continued strong growth, present a compelling opportunity for BlueRunner. By combining with ParentPay’s significant customer base and leveraging its highly successful national field sales operation we will be able to bring the benefits of BlueRunner solutions to a larger number of clients.”

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