How can you feed business event guests or your own team of employees quickly, and with no prior planning? One option is to order food deliveries, simply having staff from a temporary worker agency serve it. A more creative solution is express catering, where an outsourced provider delivers meals for all your corporate needs. Choosing a Service Before making a decision, consider the following: For regular deliveries, pick someone who’s close to your office. This will save a lot of time as well as effort. Look for seasonal dishes, fresh ingredients and healthy options. The modern workforce understands food - and will appreciate the extra attention. Unless “delegating” catering-related tasks is an option with your employees, look for providers who offer seamless experiences that include food, service and delivery. When looking to get help for a corporate event, look for providers who have staff experienced with them. Business environments can be very demanding to work with, especially when executives are present. So long as you keep these in mind, finding quality options should be straightforward. Conversely, ignoring these points can lead to problems - even if working with a quality service. Making the Most of the Time Available If you’re looking for express catering help, odds are there’s not much time left. Having said that, there’s always some time - and with a little creativity, you can use it to advantage. For starters, ask the chosen provider what you can do to prepare your office for their arrival. Simply warming up stoves and ovens in advance, or clearing tables ahead of lunch or dinner, can save you time as well as money. Second, see if your team can help out - for example, by buying fresh fruit and vegetables yourself or helping with transport. The more you can do, the less work your caterer has to do on short notice. Third, consider being flexible on healthy foods when there’s not much time. Cooking food quickly and keeping it wholesome is tough, so if you want a fast, seamless experience, consider making a sacrifice here. The Benefits Some of the benefits of outsourcing your food are obvious. Corporate clients and guests can be very demanding; hiring experts to prepare and serve their dishes is preferable to cooking internally, since it gives you access to experienced chefs. Another advantage is that you save office money on employees eating out and ordering food in. If operating in a space with no (or limited) cooking quarters, this can help save a substantial amount of money; especially if you’re making regular orders. Last but not least, a caterer can help you cook healthy foods and stick to employees’ dietary restrictions; save you from having to get creative with menu choices; offer a seamless experience that completely insulates you from thinking about feeding your employees. In this sense, express corporate food deliveries (and extra services) are mostly about efficiency, convenience and health rather than cutting costs. To learn more about express catering and our other business services, as well as get a free consultation, simply visit us at catery.co.uk. We look forward to helping you!