Two ex-Bluestone Catering Solutions employees have founded a freelance kitchen design company called LT Design and Project Management.
Directors Mark Turner and Daniel Lake created the new business to enable distributors to benefit from skilled workers without the pressure of full-time employment costs.
Collectively, the two founders have over 20 years of experience working within the hospitality sector alongside well-known operators such as J.D. Wetherspoon, Mitchel and Butlers and Shepherd Neame whilst also assisting local councils, care home providers and local charities.
Turner has had stints as a project manager at Francis Catering and TT Catering, as well as Bluestone, while Lake was project manager at companies including Court Engineering and Creative Idea before a 10-year service at Bluestone.
LT Design and Project Management will act as consultants to potential clients, offering full CAD designs including video calling CAD sessions, services information, elevation drawings and a project management service which includes full site surveys.
According to Turner: “In a market which has seen a vast reduction of qualified employees and project work across the industry, keeping finances under control is more important now than ever. A freelance worker approach will enable businesses to utilise LT Design and Project Management when work is available.
“Clients will be able to benefit from having a dedicated designer and project manager who have built up strong relationships with a vast range of contacts from a whole manner of trades and suppliers of equipment.”
He continued: “LT Design and Project Management has been created in a difficult time for the hospitality sector and the country as a whole. Myself and my business partner Daniel Lake spoke about setting something up as we recognised that there are going to be many companies out there that will have had to cut staff numbers but will still have to commit to satisfying orders and relationships with their key accounts.
“We saw this as an opportunity to get our skills back into the market with the selling point of our clients not having to commit to a yearly salary and other costs for a full-time employee but to use us as a dedicated project manager with AutoCAD drawing capabilities.”
Lake believes that with the type of clients and projects the pair have been involved in over the years will hold them in good stead: “We have been working closely with some great customers over the years during our previous employment and have managed to assist them in designing templates, finding new items of equipment and overseeing nationwide rollout programmes of equipment installations.
“We firmly believe that there is a place in the market for this type of business and with our combined knowledge and CAD skills we can offer companies the chance to use us as they wish which will allow them to commit to take on more work but without the financial risk.”