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Office catering Birmingham Blog, with information for all your catering needs from Trenchers, including information on sustainability, allergens, portions, hygiene inspections.

26Sep

How will the Brexit deal and the looming congestion charge effect Trenchers Catering in Birmingham

My alarm went off at a later than normal 3:15am today, and normally that would be great, however, getting up later means we are quieter than usual, Trenchers Catering has been going from strength to strength recently, however, i always have it in mind that things can change at any moment, with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit at the moment coupled with looming congestion  charges about to be implemented in Birmingham over the next few month, all i see is challenges.

Office catering in Birmingham has always had great scope for a company to disrupt the market and at Trenchers we try to be innovative with presentation, and production were possible.

We have some great new packaging about to be introduced which will mean we are better branded and also meaning almost 70% of the packaging we will be using will be able to get recycled after use in companies waste paper baskets.


I don't know of any catering company with there own sustainability policy, and even any catering company that can show a real push towards a greener more sustainable product, all our competitors are using hard plastic platters.


The Congestion charge coming it force will mean Trenchers investing in more new refrigerated delivery vans to ensure we are meeting the required targets for emissions in Birmingham.


Brexit will be the big looming issue and hopefully our government will get there act together and get something sorted so we as a small business can continue to thrive in an ever changing and uncertain environment, as we rely on the success of other businesses in the city.



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19Jun

The planned congestion charge and how it will effect Trenchers catering.

What effect will the congestion charge have on Trenchers Catering?

In 2020 Birmingham will need to have changed their pollution levels in the city to acceptable levels or face a hefty fine of up to £60 Million pounds, now we all know that Birmingham city council have struggled to manage the ongoing needs of the Birmingham population on a normal government budget, however, with this fine looming, the congestion charge will be implemented swiftly, and will cause a lot of bother to a small business’s that needs to go in and out of the city on a daily basis.

Trenchers are a small business and we already have to pay quite a lot in parking and fuel costs, so with the proposed cost of between £8 and £10 per day per van to get into the city, we will need to find a minimum of £3650 per year per van. This is a significant amount of money and will mean either not going in to the city for business (which would be almost company suicide) or passing on the extra cost to the customers, which we all know is a really difficult proposition, with money for catering being very tight as it is.

Looking at the issue of pollution in general around the city centre, I would love to know what the pollution levels are like when not at peak times, as what I find is the roads around the city are almost empty from between 10am and 3pm, and in this respect we are not like the centre of London where you would find constant heavy traffic all across the day.

I selfishly believe that the city would benefit from a peak time congestion charge, which would be more of an encouragement for the average worker to use public transport instead of their cars, but then also not push already hard up businesses who need to come in and out of the city numerous times a day to have to pick between work and extra business costs.

I’m not an expert, and I also know we are all in this together, so will abide by whatever congestion charge is put in place, and hope that this will indeed help the environment and not just be another way for the government and council to extort more money from us all.

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