Catering buying group sees room for growth

Catering buying group Lynx Purchasing has strengthened its support for hospitality customers by announcing two key appointments.

Jenny Couves and Matt Thompkins have joined the firm as business managers, focusing specifically on customers in the south east, where they are both based.

Couves was previously a national account manager for Beacon Purchasing and has also worked for both 3663 and Brakes. Thompkins previously ran the catering operation at the London Wetlands Centre, and has also worked on both the operations and sales side in hospitality, including Brakes.

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Thompkins said: “The hospitality sector has never been more competitive, and disciplined buying is key to operators’ success. The diverse range of suppliers Lynx works with offers the edge that businesses need.”

Lynx Purchasing’s managing director, John Pinder, said the pair had been recruited at a time when competition for customer spend is fiercer than ever and the market in London and the south east is leading the way.

“More operators than ever before are recognising the benefits that working with a buying specialist delivers both in managing costs and in freeing them to focus on the consumer experience,” he said.

Lynx Purchasing works with more than 2,000 businesses, offering caterers access to what it claims are the best prices in the market, with no fees or contracts.

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