Catering business plan helps the entrepreneur to understand, to visualize, to plan and to identify risks even before making any investments in the business. A detailed research is required to prepare a business plan for better evaluation and ensuring that so that all the aspects of the given business is evaluated and appropriate decisions are made. There is an upward growth of corporate in India which lead to a higher demand for catering business. The catering businesses serves large sectors like IT parks, factories, malls, schools, colleges, train passengers, flight passengers, bus passengers, hospitals and so on. Also, it employs lakhs of workers. As we know that the Indian economy rate is growing at 7 percent every year with many more malls, factories constructed the need for catering services will also shoot up. The catering industry in India has a growth rate of 15-20 percent. There is no negative impact in this Rs. 15,000 Crore business.
A report says that among various catering services, commercial and corporate events are growing faster. A caterer shall have the signature trade, since it is for this reason a caterer gets continuous orders. Specializing in the food style offering is a unique feature in catering business. Some of the areas where catering service serves are corporate, wedding, holiday catering, picnic catering, box lunch catering, mobile catering, welfare catering, transport catering, hotel/restaurant catering, special event catering, industrial catering, social event catering, gourmet catering, food delivery services, airline catering, cocktail party catering, canteen management, event management, equipment rental services, catering school and trainings.
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All organizations are made up of group of capabilities that are coming from People, Processes and Systems. These capabilities are working together in a seamless manner to deliver the requisite capabilities to the customer. The various capabilities that need to be addressed in a catering business plan are given below:
A typical catering business is headed by a Chief Executive Officer or an Owner. The other important roles are Chief Cook, Cooking Assistants, Admin Manager, Front Desk Officer, Sales & Marketing Officer, Driver, Servers, Contract Staff, Cleaners/Dish Washers etc.
Advertisement methodologies, Appointment mechanism, Pricing, Customer service, Grievance mechanism, Payment system, Facility maintenance, Transportation, supply chain and logistics system, Customer relationship, Store or warehouse maintenance, Stock maintenance, Upselling, Human Resources management, Parking lot system, Vehicle management system, License management etc.
Owned or leased office space, computers, printers, telephone, reception desk, carts & trolleys, software and applications, standard commercial oven, industrial gas cooker, baking sheets, racks, mixers, work tables, sinks, slicers, scales, cake decorating tools, ingredient bins, kitchen utensils, plates, silverware, glassware, disposable plates, linens, napkins, table decorations and centerpieces.
Most of the businesses have professional bodies across the globe and being associated with these organizations tremendously helps in understanding the current trends in business. Some of the professional bodies are listed below for your reference:
The Nationwide Caterers Association B30 3NU
Lifford Ln, Birmingham, UK
National Association for Catering and Events10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044
Bombay Caterer’s AssociationC/o. Vijay Caterers
7/19, Laxmi Narayan lane, Matunga
Mumbai - 400019
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