22 October 2014

How To Keep Your Catering Business Running Smoothly This Festive Season

The silly season is upon us and over the next few months, the demand for caterers is set to skyrocket – from staff Christmas parties to family get-togethers. While partygoers will undoubtedly be letting their hair down and having a great time, catering companies still face a huge amount of responsibility. If you own or manage a catering company, read on for our cherry picked selection of some of the most common issues faced by the industry and how to avoid them.

Damage to stock

The bread and butter of any catering business is quite literally foodstuffs. When this is damaged, the financial consequences can be dire. Malfunctioning freezers are one of the major causes of food stock damage, with gods such as meat and vegetables capable of going bad in a matter of hours.

On-road disasters

Every catering company needs to get their food from A to B. What many people don’t realise is that this can be an incredibly risky time. Whether your business operates a fleet or cars or a couple of vans, any number of things could go wrong on the road. This could risk the lives of the driver, passengers and any third party road users who may be involved in an accident. Vehicles could also be damaged or written off which can be extremely expensive to repair.

Injured employees

Every catering business is legally required to have employee liability insurance, whether it pays one worker or one hundred! This ensures that staff will receive adequate financial assistance in the case of any accidents such as trips, falls and burns.

Unhappy clients

As a catering business owner or manager, you are held responsible for any accidents or incidents caused as a result of your operations. This could include things such as guests slipping due to stray equipment or falling victim to food poisoning.

Damaged equipment

Most catering businesses rely on an inventory of expensive equipment to carry out operations. From bain-maries and dinner sets to glasses and cutlery, damage to such equipment can result in a hefty repair or replacement bill.

If you want to ensure that your catering business is safeguarded against all of the above scenarios, it pays to have a comprehensive catering insurance policy in place. This will give you the complete peace of mind that if something should go wrong, help will be easy and instant.