In need of food for an upcoming next office meeting - or for an off-site business function? Then consider delegating cooking, serving and cleaning up to a catering provider of your choice. On this page, we’ll share some general tips that apply whether you’re looking for a lunchbox, a multi-course meal or something different. Choosing an Optimal Venue When expecting a small group, consider staying at the office. Conversely, impressing large groups or important guests - especially if they’re visiting from abroad - often calls for a separate space, whether indoor or outdoor. The same applies when eating in your general meeting space isn’t an option, e.g. at multi-day sit-downs. Selecting Catering Services The UK in general (and London in particular) has dozens of competing providers. Picking one that’s a good fit to your needs and budget can be tricky - especially since many have no experience with business settings. Things to look for are: Past clients. Where possible, prioritize teams who’ve worked at corporate events and offices before. Food options. You want to get all your needs filled by a single service wherever possible. Waiting staff. Talk to the people who’ll be cooking, delivering and serving food before committing to anything. They’re the single biggest factor in determining whether a meeting catering service is great, good or below average. Being Mindful of What You Need Before ordering catering for a business meeting, consider your guests’ dietary needs and preferences. For example, serving pork to guests from countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan can be an unpleasant faux-pas. Serving veggie-only dishes to people who prefer meat can be equally disappointing. Based on our own experience, a little information goes a long way. If you’re scared to bother an executive or upper management employee, ask someone from their office - perhaps their secretary or personal assistant - for advice on what they usually eat. Be equally mindful of any extras you may need. For example, if you’re using a drop-off caterer that simply brings food to you without serving it, you may need cutlery - and office volunteers who would enjoy (or at least not mind) helping. The above sounds like a lot of work, but just think of how pleased and delighted your business meeting guests will be when they see an excellent menu tailored to their likes and wants. If you’d like more information about planning your catering, visit our website - catery.co.uk - where we offer more information and our contact details.