6 things you need to know before purchasing commercial catering equipment

Ensuring you have the right tools for the job is one of the most vital aspects of nurturing your catering business. In such a competitive and high-pressure industry, you need to know that you have the necessary catering equipment to support your daily activities and achieve success within your field.

Acquiring commercial catering equipment for your company can be quite the investment so it’s important to do your research beforehand while making sure to assess your budget and expectations before taking the plunge.

We’d recommend considering the following points as you set plans in motion for your catering business:

  • Spend your money wisely

Make a list of your objectives and the end results you have in mind. You’ll quickly realise what’s essential and, in turn, what’s more ‘want’ than ‘need’. You should almost certainly prioritise with the specific appliances that’ll be key to the efficient functioning of your business operations and if you can’t justify the purchase of particular item, bench the idea for now until you can be sure it’s worth the expense.

(2) Quality doesn’t have a fixed price tag

Don’t assume that you need the most expensive item from the range to guarantee commercial success. While it may appear to be the better choice, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right for your kitchen. Weigh up the initial price, benefits/features and customer reviews before committing and don’t forget to factor in long-term considerations such as maintenance fees and average running costs.

You should also consider ease of use to minimise the need for more complex training for your staff members.

(3) Keeping up the pace

You need commercial catering equipment that’s been designed specifically for your intended purposes and it goes without saying that domestic appliances aren’t going to cut the mustard.

The last thing you want to do is let down your valued clients and customers!

(4) Make it work for you

Your commercial kitchen needs to be streamlined for easy traffic flow so before jumping in, take a step back to consider your operation as a whole and always have the bigger picture in mind. The layout of your kitchen is crucial and you’ll need to ensure you’reeffectively utilising your available capacity in the best way. Multi-functionalitems such as combined ovens are a great way to free up space in a busycommercial kitchen.

(5) A helping hand

Buying or replacing large appliances and other necessary catering equipment isn’t something you’ll want to do regularly and as such, we’d recommend making enquiries about the support services available with your chosen products. Guarantees, warranties and quick access to technical assistance are all added extras you should expect to receive alongside your purchases and you could even request an installationservice as well to make setting up a breeze!

(6) Long-lasting investments

You don’t want to buy a new piece of equipment to discover there’s an updated model on the horizon so make sure you check beforehand as it may be worth waiting a few weeks for the newer version to be released. If that’s not an option, ask whether your appliance can be easily updated as needed and that any replacement parts will still be readily available.

There’s plenty to consider when creating your ideal working environment and with over 60 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and expertise under our belts, our highly-skilled team can manage your project to ensure that expectations are met, if not exceeded, on time and within budget to comply with your needs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to discuss your vision and ideas.