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Micro-markets in, contract catering out?

Being able to offer your employees easy access to a good range of hot beverages and food is a key component of any larger workplace. With the new guidelines being laid out by the government in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that many employers will be considering their options as employees start to return to the workplace.

For some workplaces, particularly those with set working shifts, lunch and break times, contract catering may seem like the most appropriate solution for catering to a number of people at the same time. Whilst this might be one option, the modern workplace is changing, and not just as a result of the pandemic.

Flexible working

In recent years, many employers have begun to see the benefits of offering a more flexible working arrangement to their employees. This might mean starting and finishing a little later, or earlier in the day. It could, particularly now, involve working from home a couple of times a week or even working their hours over a shorter number of days. This means that employees are constantly coming and going in the workplace and numbers can fluctuate from one day to the next. This can make things difficult when you have contract caterers. The micro-market offers a very real solution to this problem.

The benefits of a micro-market

When you install a micro-market in your workplace you are ensuring that there are hot and cold beverages as well as a range of foods available to your employees all day long.

If you are looking for a way to remain COVID-compliant, then the micro-market is a great choice. Because it is available all the time there is no need for your employees to congregate in the same place at the same time. This means that in a more flexible office they can take their breaks at a time that suits them best, and not need to worry about there being nothing available for them. The option of no-touch touchscreen coffee machines, and an easy-to-clean screen on some vending machine options could provide further protection.


Micro-markets do not need manning, and they can be restocked by our team, who also install them on your premises. For companies who are looking to provide the best options for their employees without the need for more catering staff this is a great way to cut costs, something that many companies have found themselves needing to do after the closures and uncertainty of the pandemic. Companies with under 100 staff looking for an automated solution would be recommended to opt for an office vending machine over a micro-market.

Whilst there may still be a need for contract catering in some companies the micro-market has certainly made its mark and it presents a real alternative to the old way of working. Why not get in touch to find out how a micro market could benefit your business?