A watched kettle DOES boil, eventually

Over a working day we monitored the time spent waiting for a kettle to boil. On average, each person waiting was making a round of drinks for five people, filling the kettle between half and two-thirds full.

We included the time spent filling the kettle from the tap, just a few feet away from the kettle base. We stopped recording when the kettle switched off at boiling point. Time spent pouring was not recorded.
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Christmas donation to Hospitality Action

For the second year running we decided to mark Christmas by making a donation of £2,000 to the hospitality and catering industry’s benevolent fund – Hospitality Action. This registered charity raises funds to help hospitality people who have fallen on hard times. We have just received a thank you letter from them and it is pleasing to know the money will be put to good use in the coming months. 

Click here to learn more about the type of work undertaken by Hospitality Action. If you would like to join us in supporting this worthwhile cause, please click here to go to the Hospitality Action website donation page.

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£300,000 investment in second laser cutting machine

Since installing our first laser cutting machine in 2010, we have recently invested in a second machine as a replacement for one of our older punch presses.  The new model is a Bystronnic Byspeed 3015 with ByTrans Automation which cost approximately £300,000. (more…)

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‘Barefoot Baker’ goes slow

When it comes to baking the perfect loaf, Dave Dobson is convinced that slowly does it best. Dave runs artisan Barefoot Bakery from his home in Spalding, Lincolnshire, in his bare feet (it gets pretty hot in there)! He believes bread that is mixed, shaped and left to prove naturally for over 20 hours before being baked is not just tastier than the mass produced bread we buy from supermarkets, it is healthier too. (Supermarket bread is often made from modified flour and the addition of enzymes to make the yeast work faster so that a loaf can be produced in under an hour.)

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Southside Café starts-up with Lincat

When a new catering establishment was required at Lincolnshire County Council’s Oak House business start-up centre, it seemed fitting for it to be a start-up café. As an experienced caterer who had always worked for others, Mary Haitt was pleased to have the opportunity to develop her own start-up business at the centre – Southside Café.

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