Swansea-based distributor HB Catering and Refrigeration has rolled out a new equipment hire offering to complement its existing services.
The firm is responding to short-term demand from clients who are grappling with the challenges posed by Covid-19, including lockdowns and social distancing measures, as well as longer-term trends around the launch of more temporary and flexible catering solutions.
HB is aiming to capitalise on trends such as operators looking to hire the equipment they need in the short term while they get back on their feet, as well as outside service and pop-up venues.
The new department will be led by Kyle James, the company’s compliance and installation manager. HB also anticipates creating two new jobs based on the service.
James said: “The past 12 months have created unprecedented challenges for the hospitality industry and like every business, we have had to remain nimble and alert to those changes as we look to help our clients through these tough times. These challenges have also created new types of demand that were not there before and we are reacting to those as well by launching this new offering.
“We have responded to the needs of our clients in launching this new service. At times like these when many businesses are strapped for cash and also looking to react to new conditions imposed on them around social distancing, a flexible solution to hire such as the one we are offering will be invaluable. We are already seeing many new inquiries and we look forward to helping our clients adapt and hopefully thrive again this year.”
MD Jacquie Jenkins added: “Although the hospitality sector has experienced a difficult 12 months of trading, preceded by an unease for some 2 years due to Brexit, I firmly believe that, while challenges remain, there are some exciting times ahead.
“The hospitality industry is adapting to change faster than any other industry in the present circumstances. Business models are evolving fast with more outdoor trading, pop up bars and takeaway facilities, which will require temporary solutions for equipment. Our new service gives clients the opportunity to ‘give it a go’ and to see how it works without the financial outlay of buying equipment upfront.
“It is our mission here at HB Catering and Refrigeration, to make sure our clients both old and new are supported throughout the reopening process and into the future. We are confident and excited to be part of that regeneration process of bringing customers’ plans and expectations to fruition with workable solutions either temporary or permanent.”