Pret A Manger is among the chains set to benefit from a UK catering equipment supplier’s partnership with Australia’s leading steel fabrication manufacturer.
Bedfordshire-based RH Hall, which operates its own UK bespoke fabrication facilities, is also the exclusive distributor of professional modular stainless steel tabling, preparation and shelving systems produced by Simply Stainless, based in Perth, Australia.
Recently a team of senior executives from RH Hall travelled to Western Australia to see the Simply Stainless factory in action and gather ideas to bring back to the UK.
Writing in RH Hall’s latest newsletter, the company’s bespoke solutions manager, Adam Hall, said the time was spent understanding how it can further utilise and market the Simply Stainless system in the UK.
“In Australia, Simply Stainless is the leading range of commercial catering tabling and is specified in most new building constructions,” he said. “They have just won a huge multi-million contract with the biggest hotel/casino complex opening up in Australia, so I personally went over the processes and designs to bring some of the ideas back to the UK.
Last year RH Hall announced that it had won a two-year exclusive contract to supply Pret A Manger with front- and back-of-house counters and bespoke stainless steel products.
Hall said the time spent in Australia would only enhance the expertise it can offer customers. “We looked extensively at new products which could benefit the UK and also the new Pret designs which we are rolling out into the stores in the near future in the UK, USA and France.”
RH Hall’s fabrication business has gone from strength to strength since it acquired Hertfordshire-based MBM Fabrications four years ago and ramped up its partnership with Simply Stainless on the modular side.
It is currently looking at a major contract with a prestigious London UK department store that wants a bespoke patisserie trolley that specifically absorbs bumps and vibrations to stop baked goods wobbling when pushed.
“Between our UK factory and the range of products we offer via Simply Stainless, we are able to offer such a wide range of off-the-shelf and bespoke items which is unmatched across the fabrication field,” insisted Hall.