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Beating the January Slump

By January 12, 2018Buyers Guides

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Happy New Year from the team at Red Moon! Whilst the Christmas holiday period typically brings in a bumper turnover across many catering and hospitality businesses, we often hear that this busy period often declines massively across at the start of the new year, where many bars, pubs, restaurants and cafs see a decline in footfall and turnover.

Customers have often overspent and over indulged across December and this can often leave purse strings and waistlines pretty tight come the start of the new year. That doesnt mean a massive drop off is guaranteed though – with a bit of clever planning we can flip these concerns around and create some brilliant promotions to entice more people through the door. Here are some of our favourite ideas:


Focus On the Healthy Options

healthy food

With diets, gym rushes and dry January in full effect, highlight some of the healthier areas of your food or drinks menu, as well as add some January specials to really help your customers keep up with their new years resolutions.

Trending healthy food and drink ideas this year look like they could include:


Hawaiian Poke Bowls (Sushi ingredients in a bowl)

Vegetable breads

Fermented foods like kimchi (great for the gut)

Meat alternatives (think tofu, tempeh, and other meaty soy based ingredients)



This one seems obvious, but its also one of the most effective and shouldnt be overlooked! One of the most commonly seen strategies across many bars and restaurants is the use of discount promotions. For restaurants, half price food is par for the course this year, with restaurants like Brasserie Blanc, Scene Dining, and Banyan all offering a massive 50% off. Other bar and pub chains such as Weatherspoons are also heavily promoting discounts with their Regular January Sale.


Extra tip! Make your promotion exclusively available when people sign up to your mailing list and promote to them later in the year.



Once you’ve got extra footfall through the door, why not start upselling? Add additional extras onto any discount deals that you are running and maybe place some bigger, higher value portions on your menu for anyone thats done with all this healthy January nonsense!


Redesigning and Cosmetic Improvements

New Restaurant Design

A change of ambience and a fresh look for your establishment can really help create renewed interest in your brand and gives you a great opportunity to shout about your business changes. New seating, bar furniture, crockery, and cutlery can all help switch up the mood and influence more people to check out your new appearance. Stuck for ideas? Why not give Red Moon a call on 01254 824265 and see how we can help.


Additional Marketing Drive

Go in heavy on your marketing and make people know that you’re open and ready for business!

A combination of email and social advertising alongside traditional press and flyering could give your customers the reminder they need to pull up a pew. Combine this with some exclusive discounts and you’ve got a recipe for a great January.


Focus On Efficiency

Efficient Kitchen

You could start focusing on how you could get more out of your business processes. You could cut back on certain expenses or find alternate suppliers or increase the efficiency of your kitchen or bar and make sure your customers are served more quickly. Maybe you could upgrade your refrigeration capacity and save your staff from playing tetris with the fridge contents? Saved time means saved money!


Limited Time Events & Menus


A winter themed event or menu could be just what you need to attract a bit of extra attention and pry customers away from their sofas. Do something a bit different to your usual fare as well as your competitors and really stand out from the crowd. You could introduce a healthy food or mocktail menu or you could go in completely the opposite direction and declare your venue a healthy January free zone! Maybe theres no point in having healthy new years resolutions if you’re only going to break them anyway?

We hope some of these tips can help point you in the right direction to making sure you and your business have a great January and an amazing year ahead! Remember to check out our massive range of bar, kitchen, caf and restaurant wares online, or give us a call if you’ve got any ideas or plans you’d like to discuss with us!