Byron Hamburger has outlined how it benefited from the services of second-hand catering equipment specialist Ramco when it encountered a period of turbulence in its business last year – and says it plans to use it for any strip-out work in future.
The casual dining chain instructed a CVA at the start of 2018, which saw it announce plans to close up to 20 outlets and focus on a smaller number of profitable restaurants.
It got in touch with Ramco to discuss the disposal of surplus catering equipment across its estate following that decision and after undertaking a couple of trial sites, Ramco was commissioned to manage the removal and resale of equipment from sites all around the UK, from Aberdeen to Exeter.
“Having engaged with the Ramco team, I was impressed with how they went through what services they could offer us,” said Richard Pratt, head of construction at Byron.
“What impressed me was their determination and professionalism. The team completed all works to schedule and managed our expectations in an exemplary manner. I cannot recommend the Ramco team enough. Using them for any strip-out work is now an obvious choice.”
To ensure minimum disruption, Ramco agreed a scope of works with each site.
A full audit trail of every asset, from the fridges and fryers all the way to the beer and even gherkins, was maintained throughout, tracking items from the point of removal to their ultimate resale destination.
Ramco’s involvement meant that it provided a compliant and transparent disposal service for Byron, with the added benefit of turning surplus assets into much-needed cash.
“The work we did with Byron when they were having their issues is a good example of how we can provide support,” Ramco’s business development head Paul Fieldhouse told FEJ.
He added that Ramco offers a streamlined service for operators looking to sell catering equipment they no longer use.
“The proposition is that we will come and take away the equipment or they can deliver to us, and we will decommission and strip out where necessary. We will take care of the sale and marketing, which includes proper cataloguing and detailed descriptions of what it is that is being sold.
“The attraction of the proposal is that we will then share the proceeds with them. We have found that our sharing model works best, where we collect and manage the logistics and marketing, agreeing a split of the proceeds. Typically, we don’t charge for decommissioning if this is covered by the potential sales. It’s in our interest and our clients’ to maximise the sale value.”