Lincat, the UK’s largest manufacturer of cooking equipment, has confirmed it will prioritise catering equipment and spare parts orders for NHS and public sector organisations.
It will also offer customers that fall into that bracket a free, direct next-day delivery service.
The measures – announced this afternoon – are in direct response to the growing pressure placed on healthcare operators amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Helen Applewhite, marketing manager at Lincat, said: “The current coronavirus crisis is placing huge pressure on our frontline public health services. In a bid to help support catering operations in our hospitals, care homes, and other public sector organisations, we are prioritising the process of both product and parts orders and offering a free next-day delivery on direct delivery items.
“Should a vital piece of catering equipment fail at such a crucial time, the impact could be devastating at what is already an incredibly difficult time for our services. Our offer is an effort to keep kitchens and catering outlets running, serving staff, visitors and patients at this busy time.”
Lincat runs a huge manufacturing facility at its based in Lincoln, where it produces cooking, food preparation and beverage equipment.
Meanwhile, its sister company IMC has ramped up production of cleaning and rinsing equipment for commercial kitchens.
The manufacturer is rapidly building stocks of its Mobile Hand Wash Station and Pot Boy Power Brush, which fall under its IMClean range of products.
Ian Washington, production director at IMC, said: “As a result of the coronavirus, a growing number of businesses, beyond catering and hospitality, are looking to ramp up hygiene standards. Therefore, we are responding to this market demand by redirecting production lines to build stocks of our mobile hand wash stations and Pot Boy Power Brush.”