EPOS for Bars and Pubs

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Libby James is co-founder, director and an expert in all things merchant services. Libby is the go-to specialist for business with more complex requirements or businesses that are struggling to find a provider that will accept them. Libby is regularly cited in trade, national and international media.

Point of sale systems for Bars and Pubs

Looking for the right bar point of sale software or complete pub point of sale system? You’re in the right place.

We know it’s not easy to find an EPOS system to suit all your business needs – but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

We have created a short guide of what look out for when searching the bar POS system market.

Merchant Advice Service top tips for bar point of sale systems

Cloud based systems

When it comes to bar or pub point of sales systems, we cannot get enough of cloud based software! Managers and owners can access information from anywhere they can get online, and yes that means from the comfort of your own sofa! Stock inventories, payroll, performance analysis, menu updates – done from anywhere at any time.


For little cost get an EPOS system which is pre-programmed, you don’t want to be faffing around with this swanking new bit of kit, when you have a million other jobs to do! Trust us, it’s worth it. Cocktails, and complex menus aren’t a problem for the tech experts.

Plan ahead

Don’t just think of your business now, think longer term and plan your EPOS system based on the future. If you were intending to grow what functionality would you require from a POS system? Contracts can range anywhere between 1 -3 years so you want to make sure you’ve thought ahead to avoid any headaches that could have been avoided.


Make sure you get support and training for staff from day one so they are fully invested in the system you are using. Having buy in from staff is key to maximising the sophisticated technology most EPOS systems offer these days. Get your staff excited, encourage them to upsell and let them know that performance will be monitored – which means more rewards!

iPad or complete solution

Be it a complete solution or an iPad alternative EPOS, bar till systems often work using similar software – and can be integrated with cash registers and barcode scanners etc. There’s two things to bear in mind: firstly, when Apple run an update, your system may be down for a time. Secondly, with a long term view a complete solution is more hardwearing with the decreased likelihood of breaking down or glitching. There, of course, is a place for IPad solutions in the bar POS market and they are excellent for mobile or pop up venues, just bear these facts in mind.

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Searching for POS systems for bars doesn’t need to be complicated, stick with our tips when comparing bar POS software and you won’t go wrong.

If you want any advice then speak to one of our expert advisors today. We can guide your decision and provide a no fee, no obligation quote for comparison too.

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Libby James

Libby James Co-founded Merchant Advice Service alongside David Bird in 2016. Her finance background, coupled with retail and customer service experience, gave Libby the drive to bring transparency and non-biased advice to the world of merchant services. Having come from the heavily regulated mortgage and insurance industry, Libby found it puzzling that other financial sectors lacked regulation and transparency leaving customers confused and unable to make informed decisions when it came to accepting card payments. This was soon to become Libby’s obsession!

With the help of some of the industry’s best, Libby began to research acquiring banks, complex terminology/regulation, and the problems customers experience within merchant services and payment gateway markets. She spent years on sourcing solutions for complex clients, which previously others were unable to assist with. Libby established relationships with brokers and banks which would soon form the cornerstone of Merchant Advice Service. As a result Libby has been featured in high-profile publications across the web.

Libby is proud to be the entrepreneur’s champion, supporting start-up businesses regularly. Her industry insights can often be found on LinkedIn where she provides free of charge advice and money saving pointers. It’s safe to say she has her finger on the pulse of everything card payments related.

Libby speaks of her experience in founding and running Merchant Advice Service…

‘Merchant Advice Service is one of my greatest achievements to date. We help business owners to overcome card processing issues which can become detrimental to their business. We assist SME’s in finding suitable card payments solutions, helping them create their vision. Each and every day is different, exciting and fore filling. As technology advances I can’t wait to see the way in which the merchant services market advances, and I’m pleased that our business will play a part in educating company owners along the way.’

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