Who am I?
My name is Andrew Taylor and I am currently studying microbiology at the University of Glasgow. I have a severe nut allergy to all nuts except almonds and hazelnuts but tend to avoid them all if I am eating out, just to be sure.
Where did Allos come from?
The idea for Allos review came about in 2018 when I was sitting watching a documentary about food allergies. One part of the documentary focussed on the dining experience for those individuals that have food allergies. It was interesting to hear common themes from patients that were very similar to my personal experiences. I thought to myself: 'I wonder if there is a website like Tripadvisor but just for people with food allergies'. I was shocked to find that there wasn't so I decided to make one.
When I set up the website I called it Allereview and used that for a while, however I found people struggled to say and spell the name the way I wanted it to be so I knew I had to change it. In November 2019 Russell joined the team and agreed we needed to change the name. Over the following months we prepared to relaunch with a new name and brand design, I had meetings in order to secure funding to expand the range of services we provide. Unfortunately we had to make the difficult decision to pause everything and wait and see what happened with the Coronavirus pandemic. We have launched our new name, brand, app and updated our website but we will need to wait a little longer before we can release some of our other new features.
We plan to upgrade our website to ensure it is more user friendly and allows people to quickly and easily find and leave reviews wherever they are. We also have plans to allow users to book tables in restaurants that they have seen on our review page with the click of a button. Lastly we are going to be looking at engaging with restaurants better and plan to offer courses on improved allergy hygiene.
We are always looking for fresh ideas so if you would be interested in joining our team then please get in touch.
Quick fire questions:
1.Facebook or Instagram? Instagram
2. Biggest pet peeve? People patching you in the middle of a text conversation
3. Morning or night owl? Night owl
4. Favourite meal? A good sourdough pizza
5. One thing you couldn’t live without? Chewing gum
6. Eating out or in? Unfortunately it is generally eating in but hopefully we can change that.