Why buying British makes more sense than ever

04/02/2009 - 00:00
Lincat, a manufacturer of commercial catering equipment claims that there has never been a better time to buy British.

Nick McDonald, Marketing Director of Lincat explains why this may be down to a number of different factors: "To start with the weak pound is making imported equipment much more expensive to buy. However it's certainly not just an issue of cost. British designed and manufactured equipment is ideal for British applications. For example large British ovens, with side opening doors, are perfect for the traditional roast. European manufacturers in contrast tend to stick to shallow ovens with drop down doors. Side opening doors make it easy to reach into our large, deep ovens, maintaining a safe, straight-backed posture, to remove heavy, hot dishes. They also avoid the serious tripping hazard of a drop down door left open. In addition British kitchens are often limited in terms of size, with the result that a British built 6-burner range, which is typically 900mm wide fits perfectly, whereas an imported model, which is typically larger, does not. Lincat has also noticed that many organisations and, larger ones in particular, are keen to buy British out of concern for the environment. Policies to reduce the carbon footprint of larger organisations are beginning to reach the kitchen. Buying British and thereby reducing 'equipment' miles is becoming more important."

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