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Feature: To buy or not to buy? - Catering equipment hire vs purchasing

Do you have a new catering business? Are you an events planner / organiser?
Do you require high quality catering supplies but don't have the budget to purchase the brands you want?


Catering and Events equipment hire 

If you're planning to start a business in the catering industry, you will be faced with the dilemma of whether to purchase all of your catering equipment and supplies brand new, or to hire the exact same equipment on a short term basis. Obviously your own personal circumstances will determine which option you go for, and remember, it is essential to consider exactly WHY you need the products, for how long, and most importantly, whether you can afford to purchase. Sometimes it is the sensible and economical decision if you are working to a tighter budget.

If you are certain that investing wholly in the equipment you need is the right decision, then so be it. In the long run it will be the cheaper option, as you will be able to use the products again and again, knowing that you are getting a return on the investment you made. Alternatively, the more conservative option of hiring means that by leasing the equipment you need, it gives more financial stability, as the costs are lower. Also, cheap catering equipment is hard to come by, and by hiring, you are able to benefit from the highest brands and products on the market, that you may otherwise not be able to afford, if buying outright.There are a myriad of companies across the UK who both sell and hire professional catering equipment. There are many benefits on offer from professional vendors offering catering equipment supplies, sometimes at a days’ notice. Cheap catering equipment is often hard to find, especially at short notice.

Catering and Events equipment hire


What to look for when hiring catering equipment.

You want to ideally find a business who are able to cater for your exact requirements, and have an extensive portfolio of high quality supplies, along side excellent product knowledge and experience. You want to ensure that whoever you choose to hire products from, has a clear understanding of the industry, and are able to assist and guide you towards the products that you need. Remember to shop around, the cheapest may not always be the best.

You want to find someone who can provide you with everything you need to ensure that your event runs smoothly. This means not only a great product range, but professionalism and reliability. You want peace of mind that the company will deliver on time, every time. Be sure to get references or testimonials, as that will be the only way to judge a companies experience.

An additional aspect to take into consideration are how different catering hire businesses deal with breakages and replacements. The last thing you want is to find you've signed a contract, and then get stung on replacing items that have been damaged. From the outset, it is wise to factor this into the whole process – there WILL be losses / breakages, and you WILL need to replace certain items. This is obviously a common situation, but some companies are known to raise the replacement costs in order to boost profits. It is not unheard of to pay excessively for breakages. Just be sure you are clear about what deposit you are paying and what this covers, and ask what the maximum costs you are likely to pay for damages etc.

Lastly, check the hire terms and length of hire. Some companies charge for late returns, and it is advised that you check how much you are likely to pay for late returns, or if it more economical to hire for an extended period (as this may prove cheaper than paying a charge for returning items late)

Gorgeous Gourmet Hire

Companies like Gorgeous Hire in South London provide top quality ranges of modern and innovative catering equipment for hire delivered by a ‘can do’ personal, customer focused and committed team. They also offer a washing service for those clients wishing to return goods dirty. Very often this proves more cost effective than employing someone to do it for you.

Klaremont  offer high quality catering supplies at wholesale prices, and have a huge range of the top names and brands in the industry. If you are looking to purchase high quality catering equipment, Klaremont offer everything you need from Hygiene to Tableware. Although Klaremont do not primarily specialise in leasing their catering equipment, they are able to help customers with any requirements at very competitive rates.

Catering and Events equipment hire


For more information, contact Klaremont on 020 8971 2012 today



To find out more about Catering and Events equipment hire, request a visit from one of our account managers here, or give us a call on 020 8971 2012.

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Catering and events equipment hire from Klaremont. We offer advice on whether you should purchase catering and events equipment or hire catering and events equipment for your venue. Klaremont are in association with Gorgeous Hire, who specialise in the hiring and lease of events and catering supplies such as tableware, cutlery, kitchenware and glassware, everything you need to organise and run your event. Catering supplies and events equipment and supplies are essential for anyone looking to display professional, high quality products in their venue. Klaremont offer a huge variety of catering supplies, catering equipment, events supplies and events equipment, at wholesale prices. If you are looking to hire glasses for an event or venue, Klaremont will happily assist you with our extensive range of high quality glassware, the perfect solution to any event or venue.