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The Business provides prestige event design, outside catering and chef hire services for corporate events, businesses and private clients in West Sussex, Sussex, Surrey, London, Kent and Hampshire. We inspire confidence with meticulous planning and flawless service....
Catering for parties. We can make your celebration one to remember....
The Business offers event catering, wedding catering, party catering, funeral catering assisting customers in the areas of Shropshire, West Midlands, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Warwickshire. Our expertise helps you create a wonderful event with exquisite food....
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Authentic alternative BBQ buffet and catering solutions...
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We are a family business specializing in Greek BBQ food, sandwich platters and finger food buffets. We cater for any event including, parties, funerals, business functions and meetings...
Thorns is the UK's best and largest furniture hire and catering equipment hire specialist for the Event and Exhibition industry...
Only Green certified and award winning caterer in Savanna & its surrounding areas. We provide events like corporate party, family occasions, weddings etc. If you are looking for a catering service in Savannah, please call our official representatives for additional information....
The Business Specialises in offering services linked to Catering, Wedding planner, Events and Private Cheffing.....
Premier Banqueting London is an exclusive venue situated in the heart of Harrow....
Bouncy castle, photo booth, chocolate fountain, ice cream, slush, candy floss, popcorn, hot dog machines available for hire covering Kent making any event one to remember with friendly staff to look after your needs taking out the stress...
We are the event catering arm of the successful Courthouse Restaurant. We are a social enterprise of the East Lancashire Deaf Society, so when you use us, you will be helping to improve the lives of many hearing impaired people in Lancashire, as all our profits go to charity. We cater all sorts of events, from corporate to parties and weddings......
A banquet center with a off-site catering business serving the southeast Michigan area. We provide catering services to both residential and business clientele...
The Business offers first class event catering for weddings, parties, and corporate events. We work with many venues across the UK....
Bharat FNB is one of the best catering companies in Delhi. We offer high quality catering services for parties, wedding celebrations, birthday parties, corporate event and more...
OI HANOI is London's best Vietnamese Catering and Vietnamese food restaurant. Our restaurant in Whitechapel also offers you delicious and tasty pho and Asian Canapes...
We have the largest range of hospitality products in Australia. We deliver right across Australia to restaurants, hotels and cafes.....
Our Business creates vibrant buffet, catering and healthy Lunch Box deliveries for consumers in the areas of Angus, Dundee, & East Perthshire Our offerings meet customers' expectations of affordable fresh, vibrant & healthy home cooked food.....
The best Caterers in London for corporate customers: office lunches, fingerfood, sushi catering and many more options at Caterwings....
Mobile BBQ Catering Specialists since 2003. Barbecue catering at wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events. We can provide hog roasts, lamb spit roasts, Argentine asados, American style pulled pork, South African braais and more...
Bubba's Smoking' Hog Roast provide the most scrumptious hog roast sandwiches in Yorkshire. The pork is cooked to perfection, and the hog roast sandwiches are served with delicious crunchy crackling and home made apple sauce, coleslaw and stuffing...

Overview of the Catering Services Industry

The catering services industry sometimes referred to as the food and service management or hospitality sector. It is a multi billion pound sector of the economy. For example, in the sales in the UK food and service management sector now exceed £4 billion a year. Many staff work on a temporary basis to cater for events throughout the year. It comprises a range of food and beverage based suppliers of varying sizes. Any business that stores, handles, or prepares food tends to be considered to be a food-based business. The main customers of the catering industry tend to be either employees in the workplace, or customers at an outdoor location (these are typically weddings, trade shows, farmers markets, corporate events or sporting events etc).

The industry can generally be organised into two types of suppliers. The first are on-premises catering services, where food is prepared and offered on the premises. These contract catering supplies tend to operate in proximity to business customers in order to minimise transportation costs. The second is where catering staff work off-site at a remote location where food is transported, prepared and served to the customer.

The range and depth of business services varies according to the needs of the customer. Event caterers cook and deliver meals to an outside location. Whereas full-service caterers may also provide waitress staff to serve up the food and may also provide self-service buffets, dining tables, cleaning facilities, condiments, table settings and decorations. They may need to provide a range of staff including a manager, chef, waitressing staff and bartenders. Frequently full-service caterers will also act as event planners; paid to create a well organised and memorable end-user experience. Conversely, a mobile caterer may simply cook fast food from a food van or truck outside a public event (such as a funfair, concert, exhibition or sporting event). Likewise, a meal delivery service may deliver and sell sandwiches, bakery, confectionary and drinks to local businesses located on a busy industrial estate or high street.

At the heart of catering services industry are chefs and food professionals who understand local health and safety rules, food preparation and hygiene and enjoy dealing with people. Staff need to be properly qualified and trained to understand food hygiene issues. Today's customers expect fresh, healthy and food of a high quality. Recent food scandals highlight breakdowns in the food supply chain that involve a complicated system of cross border delivery. Food stuffs and cooking ingredients may be imported from anywhere in the world. Consequently, the owners of catering suppliers must have a good grasp of supplier vetting, import procedures, food safety laws, food hygiene, premises planning regulations and environmental health issues.

Starting up a catering business has a relatively low barrier to entry. Hard working entrepreneurs launching on premises service need to pay attention to food laws and regulations. These include the need to register the business with the local authorities, obtaining health permits and licensing, seeking planning permission and meeting environmental health laws relating to food preparation. For example, there are lots of rules related to the premises in which food is prepared. Rules vary by country. Premises should be must be kept clean, well maintained and in good repair. This may involve paying for a cleaning services company to regularly provide sanitizing services. This may include hand washing facilities, toilets and food preparation areas must be kept clean and sanitised. Caterers must also be inherently well-organised to deal with demanding clients, sorting out staff rotas, ordering supplies of foodstuffs, managing complicated order quantities and delivery times to meet large orders.

The general success of the food and service management sector strongly reflects the state of the economy. Many larger business customers prefer to outsource their catering requirements to a local contract caterer, rather than pay for an in-house canteen on their business premises. Typically firms need caterers to deliver and serve sandwiches, and drinks and hors d'oeuvres at corporate functions, team meetings or customer meetings. Outsourcing gives customers peace of mind that their own customers can enjoy a nice lunch coupled with an on-site business meeting, However as the economy has faltered, contract caterers have seen margins reduce or contracts terminated, as a result of cutbacks from business and factory closures. As unemployment rises, so there are fewer mouths to feed. Likewise, cash strapped consumers have recently tightened their belts. Many people are not eating out as much and are instead opting for the lower-cost alternatives.

Demands from consumers and business customers for a healthier menu have created opportunities for niche suppliers of healthy organic food. This is reflected strongly in the demise of greasy spoon and the rise of the 'costa' cafe culture and traditional deli preparing healthy baguettes and sandwiches to order. Even Global fast food chains and takeaways have adapted their menus to include healthier options in the face of changing consumer habits. Similarly, supermarkets pose a significant threat to contract catering suppliers, (who may not have contracts to supply large retail distribution and can only afford to supply local customers).

Today's modern mass production, just-in-time, computerised supply chains are a world away from catering's historical roots. The catering industry was originally presumed to be established due demands of royalty, political powers, armies and traders in ancient Greece and The Roman Empire. As transportation links were built, so taverns and inns were established for goods traders and soldiers to eat and drink.


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