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Everybody needs good neighbours 13/06/2022

‘Everybody needs good neighbours’…

The summer of 1988. Our very first summer at Sylvester Keal, after our formation the previous Autumn. Emerging pop superstar Kylie Minogue had just left Neighbours – everyone’s favourite TV programme of the time. Meanwhile, Alan Buckley joined Grimsby Town Football Club as manager, with headline ambitions of his own to take the Mariners rocketing up the charts! ‘I should be so lucky’ were the thoughts of most fans of a black-and-white persuasion, with Town on a real downer at the time, following successive relegations to the (then) 4th division.... Read More

Winners 2022 Training Excellence Awards 24/05/2022

‘Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress over the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful’.

An iconic quote that eloquently paints a perfect picture for us at Sylvester Keal. This quote has long been beautifully symbolic of our 35-year-old journey of inexorable growth. It also dramatically captures our emotion on the evening of Friday 13th May, 2022. That inauspicious date held no fear for us as we were proudly crowned as award winners; clutching the prestigious accolade of ‘The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award’, presented by the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce. We have been proud bridesmaids in many award ceremonies from Lincolnshire to... Read More

School Kitchen Refurbishment 16/05/2022
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School Kitchen Refurbishment

There are many important issues to be aware of before carrying out a school kitchen refurbishment, and we at Sylvester Keal can offer you the right advice and tips to ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible. Due to the set times in which children have their meals at school, it is vital that cooks and catering staff can easily access the areas they need so that meals can be served up in a fast and efficient way, which is something you must consider before the refurbishment takes... Read More

Mt Kiliminjaro 05/05/2022

SK’s Ben is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in September to raise funds for St Andrews Hospice, Grimsby.

At Sylvester Keal, we are very passionate about raising money for charities in need of support which is why we couldn’t be prouder of Ben Keal who is raising money for St Andrew’s Hospice by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Following his successful achievement last year of taking part in the The Three Peaks Challenge, climbing to the top of Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Mount Snowdon (Wales), hiking a staggering total of 10,052 feet he has well and truly now got the bug! The immense challenge of Mt Kilimanjaro... Read More

Summer Ready Kitchen 05/05/2022
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How to get your commercial bar & kitchen ready for the summer

Summer is on its way and with the temperatures rising, restaurants and bars should be looking at ways to create a cool and comfortable bar and kitchen. That means ensuring the right equipment is in place and that your staff feel ready to serve in a fresh working environment. By checking current equipment or introducing new bar and restaurant assets you can expect to see staff who will be thrilled to spend their summer nights in your venue. Here are the ways you can get your commercial bar & kitchen... Read More

Apprenticeships 05/05/2022
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Meet The Apprentice

Here at Sylvester Keal we care for our people through coaching, mentoring and even counselling – all of which ensures our valued people will be at their best. Furthermore, we now truly embrace apprenticeship schemes with sourced training currently via HETA – truly ‘home growing’ our own local talent and also The Grimsby Institute. This gives a platform for youngsters to accelerate within our industry. To highlight this, Alfie joined SK in June 2021 as an apprentice catering engineer and has his own SK dedicated mentor whilst taking day release... Read More


The Sylvester Keal team continue to prioritise world-class customer service

Outstanding customer service is at the forefront of what we do and we always strive to deliver exceptional solutions for our family of loyal customers. We are very proud of our excellent products and customer service and while our review page is often updated with glowing testimonials, it’s wonderful to receive direct praise for when one of our team members goes above and beyond to support our clients. And recently we were overjoyed to hear some remarkable feedback for our head of sales and PA to the managing director, Holly,... Read More

Concentrated Cleaning Supplies 04/04/2022
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The benefits of using concentrated cleaning supplies

It’s an ingredient used in nearly all cleaning and laundry supplies, but for many non-concentrated products, water can take up the majority of a typical bottle. In fact, most commercial cleaning products contain a shocking 90% to 95% water. This often means customers are paying way more for a product than they should. There are numerous benefits for buying concentrated over diluted cleaning supplies, but the two main advantages are as follows:  Helps to save money One of the most obvious advantages of buying concentrated supplies is the cost-saving benefits. Purchasing... Read More


Sylvester Keal are Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards finalists!

Sylvester Keal are delighted to reveal we have been nominated for The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award for the Northern Lincolnshire Business Award Ceremony! The 2022 Black Tie Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards Gala Dinner & Presentation Evening will be held at Grimsby Auditorium on Friday 13th May. It will be a wonderful night of celebration, networking and entertainment. In a bid to celebrate local businesses, the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards takes place to applaud the achievements of companies who have gone above and beyond in their commitments to their customers... Read More

Catering Equipment for Easter 17/03/2022
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All the catering equipment you might need for Easter

Flowers have begun to bloom; trees are beginning to look full and the grass is starting to look particularly green. For the catering industry, this means, getting prepared for spring and Easter!  If you are offering an Easter/Spring-inspired menu, Sylvester Keal has the equipment and products you need for your springtime menu. Let’s dive into Easter foods and the equipment you might need. For hot cross buns: Hot cross buns are an Easter favourite and a familiar food eaten at this time of year. The cross on the buns symbolises... Read More