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Supplying Lunchtime Food to Local Businesses

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 7 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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When running your own catering business supplying lunchtime food to local businesses can be a big part of your turnover. There are various ways that businesses can be targeted for this lucrative income.

Finding Customers

Deliver leaflets in the area you are targeting offering sandwiches and other lunch requirements. Offer a delivery service at a set time and also a discount for large orders. Finding someone in each office or business to be your contact for orders will save you time. You could offer them a free lunch as an incentive to collect orders and money for you.

To begin with you will not be sure of the numbers you will be catering for so encourage people to book for the following day. When delivering the lunches leave details of the other catering services that you offer such as corporate catering, staff party, office catering and event catering.

Website

Have a website built for your business showing menus and offering an order page. Give details of special offers and change the menu often so that your customers always have a varying choice of foods.

It does not have to cost a lot of money to build a website. Many people can purchase a package online and set it up for themselves. Easy to follow templates means that your site can be up and running in a few hours. Add the web details to your leaflets and business cards and soon customers will be flocking to

Hot Food

People can soon become tired of sandwiches and rolls for their lunch so offer a menu of hot food such as curries, pies and tasty desserts. Have a set delivery time and invest in some hot containers so that the food arrives hot and tempting.

Mobile Catering

If you are in the vicinity of industrial parks and factories invest in a mobile catering unit and take your services to the workforce. This does not have to be a greasy spoon establishment. But the chance to leave their workplace and buy a coffee and healthy snack for lunch will be very appealing to people who are not situated near shops that would supply their needs.

Corporate Catering

Many companies like to have a buffet supplied for meetings and other office catering events. Prepare a menu that includes everything needed for a buffet lunch; napkins, forks, plates and disposable trays so that the food can be delivered eaten and cleared away with the minimum of disturbance to the workers.

Parties

There are many times when office workers want to celebrate an event: Birthdays, retirement, weddings, new babies and Christmas to name but a few. By offering a buffet package suitable for the event you will reap rewards with repeat orders each time there is a new celebration.

Style your party packs to suit the occasion and offer a celebration cake as part of the deal. If your cake making skills are not that good enrol the service of a cake baker onto your team. A selection of non alcoholic drinks would also be approved of by the employers who would normally lose their workforce for the afternoon after a particularly exuberant celebration.

With a little thought your lunchtime catering services will be very much in demand.

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