Many food industry startups find that renting a commercial kitchen is instrumental in their growth and success. Temporary kitchen facilities are used by street food vendors, small businesses and established businesses alike. But, what are the benefits of renting a commercial kitchen and how do you know if it’s right for your business?
Temporary Commercial Kitchens for Pop-Ups, Startups or Small Businesses
The main users of commercial catering kitchens are small food industry businesses that have remote locations, examples of such are street-food trucks, food delivery only businesses, catering companies, order boxes (like Graze or HelloFresh), pop-ups and office sandwich delivery companies.
Typically, these are food startups and small businesses so they are often looking to let out a larger space short-term because they are just starting out and looking for a starting point to watch their businesses grow. However, some businesses do rent commercial kitchen facilities on a long-term basis as they don’t want to rent a storefront with a built-in kitchen unit.
Spaces like Dephna’s rental commercial kitchens are “blank slates” for your business, giving you the plumbing and power you need, but letting you adapt the space to your needs.
You Can Hire a Commercial Kitchen for the Time You Need
Temporarily renting a space is a great way to make sure you have enough storage space for your commercial kitchen equipment without having to invest large sums of money, so this works well for small businesses. However, what often attracts new businesses to kitchen hire is being able to rent on a temporary basis.
For example, London-based pop-ups continue to grow in number, while CNBC recently estimated that the UK’s pop-up industry is worth more than £2 billion. Being able to rent a dark kitchen for as little as three months at a time is incredibly convenient, especially for pop-ups that operate seasonally and/or on a low budget.
Temporary facilities are also used as emergency kitchens. If there has been a fault with your catering equipment, you are undergoing construction or if you’ve walked into a burst pipe, temporary kitchen hire means you can carry on trading as normal with minimal disruption caused to your business.
A Rental Kitchen is a Clean, Dedicated Space for Food Preparation
If you are moving from an at-home business, it means that you’re not only looking for more space but you’re ready to dedicate a set area for food preparation and creation. Part of legitimising your business means conforming to health and safety standards, as well as being able to track the freshness of your produce.
A commercial kitchen to rent comes cleaned to professional standards, and as it’s only for your business – not your personal use – it will remain clean and safe with regular maintenance. Every business should prepare a checklist of things to consider before renting their first commercial kitchen, which includes a cleaning plan before moving in and a day to day maintenance rota.
Renting Commercial Kitchens and Cold Rooms in One Place
Another reason why kitchen hire is advantageous is that many commercial kitchens, central production units or delivery kitchens, like Dephna’s, are housed in the same building as cold rooms. Having on-site cold storage is incredibly useful for food businesses as they can store bulk bought produce in the cold room while keeping the food they are using each day in the kitchen.
If you want to see what our cold room and state of the art kitchen facilities look like, or are thinking about renting commercial kitchen space, get in touch today!