Proud to launch a new equipment hire offering

We are delighted to unveil some important changes in our offering in response to client demand in light of challenging trading conditions. We are rolling out a new equipment hire offering to complement our existing services.

We are 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.

The hospitality industry has endured a torrid 12-months thanks to multiple lockdowns, which have closed many businesses for long periods of time and limited capacity when open. As such, many businesses are now looking to hire the equipment they need in the short term while they get back on their feet, and more certainty emerges about the sector’s future trading parameters.

In addition to this, long-term social distancing guidelines could force many businesses to realign catering operations to offer customers service outside in gardens, marquees and other locations – all of which may require new equipment but only for the short term.

Meanwhile, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry was already seeing a trend for more seasonal pop-up catering solutions. Offering a hire service also caters to this market of seasonal entrepreneurs.

The new department will be led by Kyle James, our compliance and installation manager. We also anticipate creating two new jobs based on the service.

Kyle 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.”

Jacquie Jenkins, our managing director, added:

“Although the hospitality sector has experienced a difficult 12 months of trading, preceded by an unease for some two 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.”

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Supporting and investing in young talent

Here at HB Catering and Refrigeration we value our staff and invest in them whenever possible. As such, we are delighted for our employee who has completed an important qualification, which represents an important milestone in his career.

Kyle Chapman has completed his NVQ level 3 in Gas Installation as well as securing his registration with Gas Safe. Kyle has worked with us now for some five years having joined at the age of 17 as an apprentice. We are delighted for him and look forward to watching him develop his skills and career further.

The qualification ensures Kyle has the knowledge and skills to work with both basic and complex gas system, able to conduct reactive maintenance and regular safety checks and maintenance.

Jacquie Jenkins, our managing director, said: “Kyle has been a loyal and hardworking employee for five years and we have supported him on his journey to continue his education and acquire these skills. We are absolutely delighted for him.”

Kyle said: “I have achieved something I once never thought possible and I would like to thank HB Catering and Refrigeration for their support over the years and their encouragement around pushing me to completed this qualification.”

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Apprentice of the Year

Cameron Clarke becomes CEDA’s first Apprentice of the Year in the Technical Awards following an impressive rise in his knowledge from nothing to achieving CCCN1 and Comcats in his first year with HB Catering and Refrigeration. At his own expense Cameron has undertaken a plumbing course which means he can go out with the install team to gain more hands on experience.


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Technical Rising Star

The CEDA Technical Rising Star award recognises someone who has been in their current job for less than 5 years and who has made a significant difference to the service provided to a member’s clients. Our Install Engineer Matthew Bridges scoped the award after being shortlisted down to two candidates by the Judges.


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