Outsourcing business meals in the capital can be very challenging. For starters, there’s the matter of food prices - which are expensive. Then there’s transport, which makes getting large, corporate catering orders around London a bother for providers. Fortunately for all of us, it is possible to get office or event meals on time, on budget, and in style. Below are tips and instructions to guide your team in key decisions that need prior consideration. For more information, consult the bottom of this page. Corporate Catering: London The first rule of thumb in any big city is to be mindful of distance. When you’re ordering food for a large number of employees and guests, your provider will be using a car - which can be problematic given lunch time congestion. Of course, if you’re located in an area with little traffic, away from the city centre, this doesn’t apply. Next, we’ve got prices. These can be expensive - but fortunately for all of us, providers based in London understand this. Just let any service your team is considering know what your budget is; what absolutely must be included in this budget; what you can do without. In the vast majority of cases, they’ll do their best to meet your budget or outdo it. This is especially true if you need regular corporate catering services; most businesses are happy to make concessions for frequent buyers. Drop-Off vs. Full Service Staff hours can get very expensive in London. As such, it may be prudent to use drop off services, which simply give you the food and leave. For cases where you don’t expect to meet high-profile corporate guests, you can also ask your colleagues or subordinates to volunteer in helping set tables, clean up afterwards, etc. We recommend trying both options out once - and going with whatever makes more sense to you and for your team. Of the two choices, neither is better in a vacuum; the decision is more of a personal and situational call. The exception is when you’re hosting a special event, like an all-day seminar, a corporate retreat, or a banquet. The more formal and busy an event, the more likely you are to need outside help. If you don’t want to go with a full-service provider, our advice is that you at least consider using a temp company to look for a little extra help. Just make sure that anyone you recruit has experience working in business environments! If you want to plan a menu, budget costs and learn more about ordering corporate catering in London and elsewhere in the UK, visit us website: catery.co.uk. We’ll be happy to give you a free consultation via phone or email.