Finding catering equipment can be difficult, and there are many considerations to think about when deciding what type of contract you need. This article hopes to clear up some of those problems, and to help you get the equipment you need.
What types of agreements are needed?
You can save a lot of money by carefully thinking about what equipment you need, so as to complete your catering party or event.
Some people agree to rent things that they do not actually need. This causes hassle in terms of paying for extra equipment, having excess equipment to store, or trying to get refunds.
Consider some of the point below, when assessing your hire equipment needs:
1. Long term or short term?
If you need the equipment for a long time, it might be more economical to buy the equipment.
These are simple considerations, but can be crucial to the success of your catering business. If you need equipment for a long time, you might consider buying the equipment outright. This will involve less monthly fees, and extra charges like VAT and delivery costs. However, the benefits of renting catering equipment are that you can keep
up-to-date with the best products (as the hire company will change its rental equipment regularly). You also do not have to store the equipment anywhere, and you can request specialised items for certain types of events. 2. What sort of equipment do you need? This may seem quite obvious as you are an expert, so you know what you need. However, have you thought about the other items your customer might need? What about table coverings? Do you need to rent chairs? Do you need covers for those chairs? You might be operating at a five-star hotel, but you should still check the extra needs of your client. This is because you may be expected to provide event equipment, and party equipment as well as catering equipment.
Where to get more information?
Contacting the catering companies Contacting the catering companies directly is the best way to determine how your needs can be met by catering hire arrangements. Most companies will be quite happy to go through your event briefs. They will be able to give you information more accurately about what products they can offer you. Catering clubs and small business forums Catering clubs and small business forums are also useful sources of information. They will be able to direct you to reputable companies, and offer specific advice about various events.