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Established 1999

Catering equipment hire throughout: Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, BIrmingham and the West Midlands.

Weddings Post Lockdown – Twice as Nice?

Jun 4, 2020

2020 is certainly going to go down as one of the most disruptive years on record. Alongside the travel industry, the events world is still in a spin and there’s some confusion over rules being updated and when different activities will be allowed.  

That said, as the days and weeks roll on, we are getting closer to being able to hold events and of course – get married!

As it stands, a wedding is too big an event to have post lockdown, and with other areas like honeymoons affecting the ‘standard’ wedding, it’s time to rethink and get creative.

Could there be a positive to all this? Yes, absolutely!

Six Good Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding in 2020

Six Good Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding in 2020

Apr 9, 2020

As we write this, we’re looking at a quiet summer for the event industry. The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on almost every aspect of life and business.  We don’t wish to be all “woe is us” - far from it - but the events industry has certainly been all but temporarily closed down while we’re under lockdown.

Many events have been postponed, but some will have been cancelled from the 2020 calendar altogether which is a massive shame for all involved. Some can’t be cancelled though, and although we’re hearing tongue-in-cheek predictions about higher divorce rates due to lockdown, some weddings that were due to happen in spring/summer will be postponed and this could well lead for a busy autumn/winter wedding season.

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Event Planning Checklist

Mar 26, 2020

We’re an event hire company that's been hiring catering equipment throughout Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, and the West Midlands for over 20 years so, we’ve got a pretty good idea what you need which is why we've created our event planning checklist.

What Crockery do I Need for My Event?

Mar 16, 2020

No matter the theme or type of event you’re organising, there’s a high chance that you’ll be serving food. Food is so closely entwinned with meeting up, celebrating, and even saying goodbye to a loved one that it’s nearly always the centre piece of the event.

How to Choose a Good Catering Equipment Hire Company for Your Next Event

Mar 22, 2019

Getting everything just right at an event can be a challenge and a lot of that comes down to logistics. When you’re planning on serving hundreds of people and something doesn’t arrive, doesn’t work, or there simply isn’t enough of something – that’s when the trouble starts!

Struggling For Space At Your Event? Bowl Food Is The Answer

Jan 8, 2019

As you know, not all venues are the same and some simply won’t be able to house all the guests in a sit down meal. Bowl food is a great solution, but if your client is struggling to see the concept of bowl food and the benefit to an event struggling for space…

Plato are awarded Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year

Apr 24, 2017

Award Winners - Honoured to have won  'Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year".  The finals of this year's  Hire Association Europe's Hire Awards of Excellence took place on Saturday night at Grosvenor House, Park Lane,  London with the absolutely fantastic and amazing broadcaster Steph McGovern hosting.  

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Plato Hire Nominated for Hire Awards of Excellence 2020 Award

Mar 12, 2020

For years, the hire industry was crying out for quality standards. As with many industries and sectors, the world of hire needed a benchmark and a symbol for those within it to show that they care about the quality and outcome of their service.

That’s why the creation of the Hire Association Europe (HAE), and the Event Hire Association (EHA) has been so great for the industry. The Hire Awards of Excellence celebrate the highest quality in the hire world and this helps to push the standards up, giving greater services and products to all.

Planning your wedding drinks guide

Champagne Toast Calculator and Event Drinks Guide

Dec 4, 2019

Planning the drinks for an event is important but not usually at the top of your To Do list. It’s not always the main part of an event, and of course the reason for the celebration should be forefront in the minds of the organisers or guests, but the drinks are important if you want your guests to feel welcome and relaxed.  

Plato Awarded Prestigious SafeHire Certification

Jun 17, 2016

We have just been awarded the prestigious SafeHire certification.  SafeHire has been developed by Hire Association of Europe/Event Hire Association  for the hire and rental industry with the assistance of BSI. 

Event Planning Checklist

Jan 31, 2020

There’s a lot that goes into planning an event. Whether it’s a simple gathering, a party, corporate function or wedding, there are lots of different elements to the event that need careful planning.

Planning a Corporate Event? Here’s a Simple Checklist

Jun 21, 2019

Events are great fun and if you’ve ever been along to a well-run event you’ll have experienced what it’s like to be in a film. Smoothly-run events feel like a dream come true. You’re immersed in the event, the theme, the music, the food and wine, and the setting, and occasion.

How Many Drinking Glasses Do I Need For My Event?

Dec 12, 2018

Event catering requires a meticulous approach and making sure you’re heading to site with everything you need is a must. Events can range in size and nature but one thing remains essential throughout, and that’s good organisation.

Why You Should Look at Catering Hire as More than Just a Hire

Why You Should Look at Catering Hire as More than ‘Just a Hire’

Dec 11, 2019

It’s the day before the event. You’ve got everything prepared, and you’re ready to enjoy it. You’ve got an itinerary of the itinerary, a to-do list for the to-do list lists and you’ve organised the organisers.

Even the weather is looking positive and not one person has cancelled. It’s a dream event come true. What could possibly go wrong?

Tablecloth Size Guide: Table Linen Hire Tips

Nov 25, 2019

You’re ordering the food, planning the music, and sending out the invitations. It’s a busy time and you need to get everything in place and ready for the big event.

If you’re organising a formal dinner for an event like a wedding, or a celebratory meal for 10, you’ll need to hire a varying amount of catering equipment.

One of the obvious items to tick off your list are the tables and chairs.

The Best Cocktails for Your Wedding Reception - Nine Easy-to-Make Drinks

Nov 1, 2019

Aside from the usual drinks like champagne, wine, and beer though, many couples opt for cocktails, even at the reception. Cocktails have come back into favour and, just like Prosecco, they’re often more popular with guests, and more cost-effective for the hosts, so they really are a win/win.

Should You Buy Or Hire Your Catering Equipment? - 11 Proven Reasons To Hire

Apr 4, 2019

When you’re setting up a catering business there are many questions you will ask yourself (aside from, “why did I decide to do this?!”). Seriously though, from set-up costs, to brand, website, investment, and the type of events you’ll do, there will be some big questions to ask and many problems to solve.

What Linen Do I Need To Hire For My Event?

Feb 26, 2019

After you’ve sorted your crockery, glassware, and cooking equipment for your client’s event, you’ll want to make sure all that hard work is framed perfectly with crisp linen to cover the tables you’ve hired in for them.

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