Busy summer event season prompts PKL to streamline systems

Outdoor events have driven demand for PKL’s catering equipment hire services.

Temporary kitchens and catering equipment hire firm PKL Group has streamlined its systems to allow it to supply the UK’s booming summer event market.

PKL’s sales manager Karen Rumsey said that the company had been seeing clear indications that the UK events market has been growing over the last 3 years and has also been diversifying into different types of events.

Therefore the firm has put in place new equipment commissioning and processing procedures to streamline and speed up its operations to give it more capacity to deal with demand this summer.

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The booming market has also prompted PKL to strengthen its existing partnership with Well Dressed Tables to provide crockery, cutlery, glassware, tableware and linen.

Rumsey commented: “We have a great relationship with Well Dressed Tables, and it makes it as easy as possible for our clients to source everything they need for their event dining, from a single point of contact.”

She said the firm is ready to deal with last minute equipment needs too, to help caterers facing problems just before their event goes live.

“It’s great to see the UK events industry is so healthy at the moment,” she said. “We’ve seen increases in demand of over 10% each year for the last 3 years. It’s inspired us to make changes to the way we process equipment so we have maximum stock available during these very busy months.

“We’ve noticed that events are taking place in more varied locations, such as interesting pop-ups in urban sites or fun quirky events in historic buildings. We’ve also been seeing greater variety in the types of equipment we’re hiring out – from large scale woks to portable pizza ovens.

“Thanks to our experience helping large events like this year’s Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Olympics, we know we are ready to deal with whatever the UK’s brilliant event industry can throw at us this summer. We’ve been busy streamlining our systems to make sure we’re ready to help any last minute requirements because we know that planning events large and small can sometimes hit snags, and we’re ready and raring to help.”

Rumsey added that planning was the key to a successful summer: “We have developed our own in-house stock management software to guarantee all our equipment will arrive on site, engineered, tested and ready to go and that once equipment is allocated to your hire, it won’t be sent elsewhere. We’ve been planning with our clients months in advance, to ensure that they’ve secured their catering equipment for their events and the resource needed to deliver and install it.

“It means we can keep a fleet of equipment and resource available so that if anything does crop up at short notice we’re on hand to deliver.”

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