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Impact catering

Eccles United Kingdom Victoria House, Albert Street

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Some 30 years ago a bright young Manchester University Biochemistry graduate (!) borrowed a sum of money and bought a craft bakery in Pendlebury. He had identified a niche in the market delivering sandwich platters to businesses who might formerly have taken clients out to lunch. Using the bakery as a base for his fledgling business he set about promoting his business, initially to colleagues within the University, and amongst the wider business community in the North West. The idea that catering could be ‘brought in’ saving time and expense was an attractive prospect and the idea soon caught on. Using the bakery to produce a range of artisan breads and patisserie products and sourcing high quality ingredients from local suppliers Impact Catering soon became known for it’s imaginative take on the ‘business lunch’ catering along the way for visiting royalty and local tradesman alike. The business flourished and an entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with a passion for high quality basic ingredients, simply cooked, encouraged him to open one of the first real Bistro type restaurants in the North West : Bistro 221in Monton. The success of this venture was quickly followed by similar restaurants in Leigh and Culceth.

Within 10 years or so the business had become quite a thriving community encompassing the bakery, three restaurants, the outside catering and a deli, employing staff from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and ages. The young graduate had come a long way since his days delivering sandwiches round Manchester and felt he had accomplished much of what he set out to achieve. He followed his heart and prepared to up sticks and live the good life in France with his wife and young family, selling each part of the business as a going concern..

Having worked within the business since the very early days, Gary and Sarah (realising Gary’s dream of becoming a rock star was becoming increasingly unlikely) bought the outside catering side of the business in March of 1997.

Hard work and dedication plus an absolute passion for food ensured that the business continued to flourish. So much so that within a couple of years it was clear that we were rapidly outgrowing our original premises and it was evident that we would eventually need to move. It took some time until we found the ideal site in a location closer to our main customer base, but in time we managed to secure a suitable building (complete with its own flagpole). After complete refurbishment of the warehouse and offices, including, of course, installation of a brand new state of the art lovely bright and shiny catering kitchen we moved into our new premises in 2009. We now also have a self contained office space / training room which is available for rent, plus space to grow a range of fresh herbs which have thankfully managed to survive the snow!

Whilst we still embrace the principles upon which the business was founded, believing that good food is a product of quality ingredients, over the years we have developed and expanded the range of menus on offer so that whilst the same basic choices are still available ( after all, a freshly baked sausage roll is still as tasty today !) these are complemented by trendier options providing greater choice and variety and reflecting the diversity of tastes within an increasingly food conscious clientele. We have also introduced a selection of hot meals to our range of menus, prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients and delivered ready to serve, as well as an ever increasing selection of mouth watering cakes and pastries.

Of course, back in the day when Impact Catering first began, business was mainly focused around delivery of working lunches and private celebrations. Whilst this area is still of key importance today, the large event and corporate catering side of the business has expanded to include a range of additional services to complement our delicious food and ensure your event is a resounding success. We can provide waiting-on and bar staff; rental equipment and marquee hire, floral arrangements and fancy linen: in fact, whatever additional services you might require just ask and we will organise it for you. We will do our best to ensure your event runs smoothly and remains memorable for all the right reasons.

We are facing the challenges that the current economic climate presents with quiet confidence, believing that the quality of our food and service will always be valued by our customers. We now have our eldest son Will on board, (which in itself ought to be considered challenge enough!)..... but seriously, his enthusiasm, energy and commitment are proving invaluable and we are delighted to welcome him onto the team. Over the next few years we will continue to develop and improve the service Impact Catering offers, committing ourselves, as always, to not simply meeting, but exceeding, our customers’ expectations.

We are looking forward to the future: we’d love to see you there!

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