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Catering Fridges and Freezers
Our extended range offers catering establishments a complete spectrum of products to suit all needs, including large-capacity Gastronorm units full of features to make your refrigerated food storage unit a key part of your catering team.
Lec Commercial offers a stylish and extensive range of display refrigeration. Whether food or beverages, our units really will showcase your products in the best possible way.
Cooking equipment units are vital pieces of equipment in most catering establishments. Burco offers a wide range of high performance range cookers, through to ovens and grills, designed for use in the busiest of kitchens
Cygnet Water Boilers
Our Cygnet manual fill water boilers are portable and easy to use. Simply fill with water, plug in and you will have piping hot water ready for use.
We offer a wide range of hot beverage equipment under the Burco brand, from our recognisable Manual Fill Boiler “Urns”, as well as our exciting new range of British built autofill water boilers with built-in water filtration, through to stylish coffee makers for the commercial environment.
We offers a wide range of countertop catering equipment, from the latest energy efficient induction hobs through to high performance ovens and grills.
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Does location matter for catering companies? Yes, says this moving company
In the era of the internet, the location of one’s catering company might not appear to matter that much. People are anyhow just ordering things online, and they will get their food on time, regardless of how far away the catering company is from their house, right?
That’s where a Norwegian moving company we interviewed says that people are wrong. You might be wondering why we will use a moving company as an authority on the subject of whether location matters for catering companies, but you’d be surprised at how much they know about such things from all the businesses they help move to new locations.
The moving company: Majoren Flyttebyrå
Majoren Flyttebyrå – Finn et flyttebyrå i Oslo is a key moving company in Norway’s capital, Oslo, and delivers moving services to both private people and businesses. They’ve been going strong for 10 years, and have built a good reputation as an expert in the industry.
A lot of catering companies – whether they’ve just started or they’re looking for a new place – come to Majoren Flyttebyrå when they search the web to find a moving company in Oslo, given their diverse services within private and professional moving. From their experience, there are mainly two things they can tell us about how the location of catering companies will impact their success – and that’s what we’ll show you under the next two headings.
Bad location leads to bad business
There are a number of reasons why a business should consider the location of their premises. Location affects the business in many ways, from its physical setup to its customer base and beyond. For catering companies, the location will play a vital role in their success.
Some companies may find that they give up on their catering business if they don’t take into consideration where they want to open it up.
An ideal location may be anything from close to where people live, at off-peak hours for traffic and parking, and in an area that is well-serviced by public transportation options such as bus or train routes. So when searching for your next catering company site, think about how it will be like for the customer to do business with you, and how your affordably you will be able to serve them (fuel and time cost money, you know, so the further away you are from the city center, the more you’ll have to charge the customer).
According to Majoren Flyttebyrå, many of their moving clients who put up new catering companies in the wrong place are usually quick to go bankrupt or decide that their overhead is not big enough to stay in business.
Good location leads to good business
There are many benefits for catering companies that are in a good location. For example, they are able to reach out to different locations and it is easier for them when marketing themselves because people can find them easily.
Some think about these things ahead of time, choosing a great spot on their first try. But another interesting client base of Majoren is catering companies that have first stayed in a poor location, and who have then made the decision to move their business to a better location. By moving their business, they were able to offer more services to their clients at a lower price – while at the same time reaching more people – and Majoren has never been asked to supply them with moving services again! They have stayed right where they are.
Tips to choosing a good location for your catering company
There are many factors to consider when choosing a location for your catering company. To start, it’s important to think about the type of cuisine you will be serving. If you plan on offering a wide variety of different types of food, then it would be best to look for a place that is close to many different types of restaurants and eateries. You want this because then your customers can pick something that they’re already familiar with and enjoy.
Another factor that needs to be considered is the size of your catering company. If you’re just starting out and looking for a location, then an office in an industrial building might work well because they typically come with lower rent prices than other places in town. If you’re an established company that wants to move to a better location, then you might want to own a bigger place.
Easter is a great time to show appreciation for your employees
How often do you show appreciation to your employees?
This is the question worth asking yourself: studies show that job satisfaction as well as job performance increase significantly for employees whose work is valued. Harvard Business Review experts note that in their practice, many managers struggle to demonstrate appreciation for their employees despite knowing the positive effects that it has. A common mistake is that managers simply assume that their staff already know how they felt about them.
This is primarily due to the illusion of transparency, whereby there is a gap between how appreciated the employees feel and how much managers appreciate them. Another issue is that managers think that communicating appreciation is a cumbersome task. However, employees themselves consider the task rather simple and confess that lack of appreciation leads them to think that they are being taken for granted.
Seeing that appreciation is integral to your company’s success, it is worth investing in moments that show it. Going a step further, you might even want to put employee recognition programs in place. Research makes a strong case for them: organizations that have such programs report higher (by a staggering 71%) engagement levels among their employees than companies without a program. But for now, if this seems like a far-fetched endeavor, may we suggest showing appreciation for your employees now that Easter is just around the corner?
Easter traditionally marks the beginning of spring and brings with it a certain sense of renewal. This time of the year also offers a chance to honor the hope and joy that the spring season brings with it. Regardless of religious beliefs, the celebration is a great chance to bring your employees together.
Some of the bigest deliverycompanies (in Norway to make that clear, but they deliver worldwide) to consider for buying easter eggs to your employees:
However, now that most of us are working from home, organizing a get-together in the office may prove unrealistic (and most of all, unsafe!). Under such a scenario, a more feasible and safer option could be to order food delivery straight to your employees’ homes and gather everyone on a Zoom call, enjoying a delicious meal together. Given that food delivery services such as Uber Eats are pretty ubiquitous, it should not be a problem even with lockdowns still in place.
If your organization is rather large and bringing people together from various time zones is inconvenient, then you might consider ordering edible arrangements such as a basket full of chocolate Easter eggs along with a card with words of appreciation. Gifting such a small present for your employees is the perfect way to kick-start the appreciation culture in your organization. Plus, you will show appreciation to every single employee and this is something that is not possible in employee-recognition programs where only a select few get awards, leaving the rest of the staff out.
At the end of the day, building a culture of appreciation starts with small things – an Easter egg or a hearty meal from a trusted food delivery service might be just one of them.
Happy Easter! 🐰
3 Tips On Choosing The Right Catering Fridge
Having the right staffing in place is key to building the perfect business, and this should also include all the essential equipment. When you enter the food industry, several aspects have to be paid attention to. Catering and food product sales are business ideas with high potential in the market, but you need to aim it right to set sailing on a successful voyage. Once you are in the business, funds need to be allocated for various purposes. Functional freezers and a reliable catering fridge are essential elements on your list when starting your company.
You must make sure they are of superior quality and are economical enough to run every week’s requirements. Storing and displaying food products need to be the top priority; you need the best catering fridge to keep the foods undamaged. Choosing the right one for your store is not easy since countless options are available. Let us look at a few tips to choose the right catering fridge for your business.
1. Energy Consumption
This is one of the most important aspects to look for when shopping for a new catering fridge. Since the costs of energy bills are rising rapidly, you need to consider energy efficiency to check for in all the products. The rating of the equipment will speak for its value of energy efficiency. Cutting back on energy consumption is not possible in the food business; so, you need to look for products that will not eat up much electricity over the day. The equipment will be in constant use since the quality of the stock needs to be ensured. With all these applying to just the first factor, you must be careful with what you purchase. Check with your accountant for any available tax breaks on the buying and usage of this equipment.
2. Storage Requirements
Not any corner of the commercial space is offered for free; so, you need to make the best use of the available square meter count. A vertical catering display fridge would be the better option when you have limited space at your store. The amount of stock can be maximized by displaying all the products in this vertical fridge. Walk-in coolers or large chest freezers must be considered if you are running a larger production line like a slaughterhouse.
3. The Functionality of the Equipment
When you have a busy catering kitchen with staff walking to and from the refrigerator constantly, the functionality should be optimal. The equipment should be spacious enough to clean easily, and the doors should also be flexible to be opened and closed without much damage. Hard-to-reach corners shouldn’t be a part of this refrigerator, and the shelving should also be removable. You can factor in every other aspect that plays a crucial part in setting up the ideal shopping experience for the customers. This will also help the staff have a relaxed working time without having to clear the food debris from the far ends of the equipment.
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