Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme 24/08/2020

Four ways to draw customers back to your restaurant

After months stuck in the house during the covid-19 lockdown, many consumers are keen to return to their normal social routines and the desire for normalcy is growing. That being said, there are still many who have found comfort in the alternative takeaway dining experience and it might be harder to draw those customers back to the restaurant. That’s why, Sylvester Keal has put together a few handy tips that may help draw customers back into your establishment. Introduce the Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme  This month, the... Read More

no show restaurant bookings 17/08/2020

Tips to prevent ‘no show’ restaurant bookings

Despite the overall support from customers returning to restaurants and bars, many eateries have reported a high number of ‘no shows’, leaving businesses frustrated and out of pocket.  From the wasted prep time, the loss to income and ruined potential of acquiring other customers; a missed restaurant reservation creates a catalyst of disappointing events.  At Sylvester Keal, we know how damaging these can be to the foodservice industry, which is why we have put together some tips to prevent this from happening. And while not every missed appointment can be... Read More

social distancing guidelines 06/07/2020

How to set out your venue under the new social distancing guidelines

It’s not a redesign any restaurant was intending to make at the start of the year, but the post lockdown layout is one redesign all venues have to comply with in order to reopen their premises to the public. Last week, the Government announced and approved the reopening of pubs, hotels and restaurants on July 4, after publishing guidance on how venues can recommence their operation.Here’s what we know: There will be a proposed limit to the number of people allowed in the venue (dependant on size of premises) Clear... Read More


How we’re supporting the reopening of pubs and restaurants

It’s the news everyone in the foodservice industry has been waiting for… yes, the Government has finally lifted the public ban on the closure of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Those in the hospitality sector can breathe a sigh of relief, as it has been announced they can reopen their business to the public, as long as guidelines have been put in place. Since restrictions for hospitality businesses were employed, Sylvester Keal has been working tirelessly in the background to support an eventual reopening and we have been working hard to... Read More

PPE 22/06/2020

Reopen your business with PPE

Business owners were faced with many problems when the lockdown was first announced. Since then, companies, within all sectors, have used creative methods to continue operating – some have converted their restaurant into a takeaway, while others have temporarily transitioned from a high street shop to an online retailer. But businesses have been handed a lifeline now that the government has allowed the safe reopening of thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres. Eateries with outdoor seating have also been given the opportunity to continue operating as... Read More

Hand Sanitiser and Dispenser 16/06/2020

The measures Sylvester Keal have put in place for a safe return to work

For Sylvester Keal, the Covid-19 epidemic has changed the way we operate entirely. When the lockdown was first announced, we closed the office and had only a handful of staff working full time.  Now, we are slowly transitioning back to work: in the office and factory, we are learning to adapt to the ‘new normal’ with social distancing measures in place and we have also added cleaning points in many areas.   What we’re doing to keep our staff safeIn terms of going forward, our main priority has always been keeping... Read More

Back To School 01/06/2020

Back to school: are your classroom and canteen ready?

It was announced at the start of June that schools were starting to reopen, with social distancing measures in place. Over the next few months, schools have a number of checks they need to carry out before children are released back into the school environment. It’s important for Sylvester Keal that schools feel prepared to reopen and we are here to help in any way we can. That is why we have listed the three most important checks school should make before their return.  Are social distancing measures in place? ... Read More


How Sylvester Keal is serving hospitals and care homes during the pandemic

The present crisis surrounding the coronavirus has had a profound effect on the country. But none more so than the healthcare industry which has found itself under immense pressure.  At Sylvester Keal, we have had to reduce our operations massively, but that hasn’t stopped us lending a helping hand to both care homes and the NHS in these scary times.  In response to requests from those in the care sector, Sylvester Keal is carrying out PPM servicing to alleviate breakdown issues when equipment is vitally needed. Continuing to provide kitchen... Read More

Disposable Face Mask 14/05/2020

Why Face Masks Are Crucial For Returning To Work

As lockdown restrictions are lifted here in the UK, more and more businesses are putting careful measures into place to allow their employees to return to work. Whilst social distancing may prove difficult for some, especially with larger organisations or small workplaces, the use of face masks is something we can all get on board with to protect ourselves to and help prevent others from contracting the virus.  To ensure our customers are doing all they can to stay safe, we offer disposable face masks in our product range. With 95% Bacterial... Read More

market talk blog image 12/05/2020

Irene Keal provides industry insight on Catering Insight and FEJ’s ‘Market Talk’ podcast

In a new regular joint discussion hosted by the editors of catering equipment and hospitality-related magazines, Catering Insight (Clare Nicholls) and Foodservice Equipment Journal (Andrew Seymour), the two publishers speak to major foodservice equipment figures to discuss the stories behind the headlines.  This week, on episode two, the pair spoke with our very own Irene Keal alongside Mark Banton, MD of the British manufacturer, Parry Catering Equipment, to gain some insight on how the industry is coping during the current epidemic.  While the headlines for foodservice businesses may seem dire,... Read More