One of the world’s most famous restaurants, The Ivy in London’s West End has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary cuisine and unparalleled service for over a century. The Ivy Collection is now set to launch the largest restaurant opening of 2018 at its new Spinningfields site in Manchester. 

The 535-cover, The Ivy Spinningfields will feature a ground floor brasserie, first floor private dining room, the brand’s first ‘Ivy Asia’ bar and restaurant on the second floor and a sumptuous roof garden on the top floor. The Ivy Spinningfields occupies an impressive, timber framed space within The Pavilion, a new development surrounded by greenery yet located in the heart of the city’s financial district.

The Ivy Spinningfields will open with the reassurance of converged IT and Internet solutions provided by QDOS-sbl Group. QDOS-sbl were approached by Caprice Holdings having previously provided converged IT and Internet solutions for 30 Ivy Collection restaurants across the UK and Ireland, over the past four years.

The Ivy Spinningfields requirements were assessed in order to provide an IT LAN Network, including HP PC’s and printers supporting Google Apps for Business. This enables user access to email and collaboration tools along with online cloud storage and business-grade network security – encryption, email and mobile security and unified threat management. In order to support Internet access for all diners and staff, QDOS-sbl provided a 100Mbps Fibre Leased Line with a resilient backup circuit. The circuit is securely partitioned for the back-office Internet and for guest usage. Ruckus Zonedirector and Wireless Access Points support a simple and straightforward centralised WLAN solution, with Captini providing social WiFi marketing, building customer loyalty and reputation management to drive repeat business. A Mobile Signal Repeater System has been installed to ensure that all diners and staff can use mobile and smartphones when at the restaurant. Ongoing, QDOS-sbl will provide 24/7 x 365 remote IT service desk and on-site maintenance service support to the restaurant.

Baton Berisha, Director of Operations for the Ivy Collection, said: “We are incredibly excited to bring the Ivy Collection to Manchester this winter. Situated within the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s luxury dining and shopping quarter, we can’t wait to showcase our different floors, dining concepts and offerings. There will be something for everyone and we hope to bring something new to the city.”

Simon Catterick, Chief Executive of QDOS-sbl Group, said “Having supplied converged IT and Internet solutions to 30 Ivy Collection restaurants nationwide in the past four years, we were delighted to be awarded a contract by Caprice Holdings for the largest restaurant opening of 2018. Like the other Caprice restaurants we expect The Ivy Spinningfields to be incredibly popular and very successful. We look forward to working with The Ivy Collection and to seeing what exciting new developments 2019 brings”