Good morning, it's Paul here.

Given that markets are quiet, I'll be approaching things in a leisurely fashion today, so estimated time of completion is 17:00. Sorry, that didn't work out as planned. Let's try again.

I see that the retired head of Next, Sir David Jones, has died. It's not for me to cast judgement on his career, other than to say that his autobiography is a fascinating read, very highly recommended. It details not only the turnaround of Next, when it had came close to going bust. More memorably, the book explains his battle to continue his business career, whilst suffering from Parkinson's Disease, it's quite astonishing the adversity that he overcame.

BigDish (LON:DISH)

Share price:  1.23p
No. shares:  349.0m
Market cap:  £4.3m

(at the time of writing, I hold a long position in this share)

Half year report

We can't go into a new decade with a backlog of things for me to write about, so I'll get this section finished (am writing this on new year's eve, evening).

BigDish Plc (LON: DISH), a food technology company that operates a yield management platform for restaurants, is pleased to announce its half-yearly report for the period ended 30 September 2019.

Background - I came across this company in early 2019. It floated, with a full listing (i.e. not AIM listing) in Aug 2018, at 5p per share, then steadily drifted down.  The concept is that it's a dining app, which enables restaurants to offer highly targeted discounts, at times of day when they would normally be empty or almost empty. Restaurants have to offer 50% and 25% off discounts on all food, but require customers to pay full price for drinks. Unlike almost other dining discount schemes, BigDish is free for customers, and enables restaurants to precisely control, in real time, what offers, and how many covers can claim the offers. When they're gone, they're gone.

I thought to myself, this sounds an interesting concept, I'll read the admission document on lazy Sunday afternoon. The app was operating in Bournemouth, and coincidentally I had moved to Bournemouth in 2017, so decided to download the all, and try it out.

I found the app absolutely brilliant. There were about 50 decent quality restaurants set up on the site, and using the app achieved superb discounts, on good food. I liked it so much,…

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