May 18th 2011
Well alot can happen in 41 days….. since my last post.
The really big news for us is that we have now signed a licence agreement with Northern Rail allowing us to operate at Railway Stations within Lancashire we shall be commencing a trial at Chorley station from the 31st May. This is very exciting for us and we take delivery of our new truck today which comes fitted with a bean to cup coffee machine so we can serve lovely coffee to those commuters on their way to work. Of course the truck will also have a full range of food offering to go with that coffee as well as Orange Juice and also the ability to purchase your lunch for later as well. looking for new ways to reach our customers is something we continually strive to do at Halls and so we are really looking forward to the launch or online service which should be July 2011.
A new truck means a new driver so welcome to Phil who has started with us this week. He will be starting to build his route across Blackburn and East lancs from 31st May onwards. This is another new area for us to operate in catering in Blackburn and East lancs and delivering food to hungry workers across East Lancashire.
Our catering in Preston, Chorley and Leyland continues to do well with catering being provided in Preston City centre everyday. We have two events to cater for later in the month and our Halls 2U lunch time delivery service is obvioulsy very popular looking at the way demand is increasing.
For those of you that are interested raw material (flour, sugar, fat etc) prices continue to rise placing pressure on everyone in our sector. Especially the small companies such as ours. It feels sometimes as though the small business pays the margin to suppliers that keep them afloat in effect we are being bled to give lower costs to the bigger businesses. But thats the nature of a free market, supply and demand and buying power. No point whingeing about it we just have to get on with it, and tell our customers why they should use us and return to us rahter than the big guys. No one ever said it would be easy but being in business is interseting and for me very often fun even when its a pressure cooker.
More news to follow lets hope it doesnt take another 41 days….