How online contacts boosted my business

Jabula Restaurant sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal and is owned by Annemarie Groenewald. Jabula means 'happiness' in the African language Zulu/Xhosa. She set up this South African restaurant after being unable to find the kind of food she was brought up on back home in Durban.

South African cuisine

She bases much of the menu on unusual recipes handed down to her by her mother including bobotie, pap en wors and vetkoek. They also serve game including kudu, springbok and crocodile. The busy mother of two works in the restaurant front of house and occasionally in the kitchen, aided by friendly Scouse waiter, Robbie. On Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant is typically packed out and they have performances of traditional South African drumming.

Annemarie went on a computing course when she first arrived in Britain. Computers are now used in the running of her business, keeping track of business accounts and sourcing ingredients. She also uses the web to promote the business and reach out to customers via Facebook, online booking, and the website.

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