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

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Are Small Weddings and Venues Really a Better Choice?

Sep 11, 2020

Getting married brings thoughts and visions of grand venues, large family gatherings, and scenes from movies like Father of the Bride or maybe the Wedding Planner. But putting grand wedding scenes aside for a minute, do weddings have to be large, or can you have a splendidly small wedding instead?

Planning a UK Wedding

Aug 23, 2020

Planning a UK wedding is an exciting but detailed task. It’s not until you start to look into what’s involved that you realise that you’re going to need ninja planning skills and a good team around you. If you’re recently got engaged then Congratulations, and then welcome to the rather large job of planning the wedding.

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Getting Back to Business Securely and Covid-19 Safe

Jul 24, 2020

The events industry is licking its wounds right now but there’s an air of excitement as we finally spot the green shoots of our industry, thanks to the relaxation of lockdown and new guidance being introduced.

The summer of 2020 will certainly go down as one of the quietest summers in our 20+ year history, but summer 2021 is looking like a cracker so there’s some real hope and excitement building here and in the events world.

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Outdoor Hospitality isn’t Just Beer Gardens, Boris: A Plea to the UK Government

Jun 23, 2020

At Plato we’ve remained positive throughout lockdown. What else can you do when your industry is decimated by a global pandemic? Aside from all the seriousness of the virus and the global crash, there have been many positives (like cleaner air, more family time and reflection) and we, like many in the events industry, have held on to that.

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Planning to get Married this Year? Here’s What You Need to Consider During UK Lockdown

Jun 16, 2020

2020 has certainly thrown a spanner in the works of the wedding world. Business here is far from being as usual. The events industry has been paused and that’s given us an unplanned rest and some challenges, too.

The wedding season is currently on hold and brides and grooms across the country are waiting (as we are) for news on when small events and indeed larger gatherings can take place again.

Hoping to get married in 2020? Here are some plans and thoughts to put in place now to help you steer through these rocky waters…

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Having Two Weddings (A Sequel Wedding) and How Can You Make the Most of One

Jun 4, 2020

On July 17th 2020, Boris Johnson finally announced that COVID secure wedding receptions for up to 30 people can take place from 1 August. In his update he said, "We will also allow wedding receptions for up to 30 people. All of these measures for 1 August should be done in a Covid Secure way."

Furthermore he hinted that weddings of slightly larger sizes are on the return from October 1st, with news of larger venues also opening up. In addition, close contact businesses like beauticians will also be opening up, too!

And then from November there is the possibility that we'll have more of a return to normality. Find the full Downing Street update here.

Six Good Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding in 2020

Six Good Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding in 2020 and Winter Wedding Equipment Hire

Apr 9, 2020

As we write this, we’re looking at a quiet summer for the event and wedding equipment hire 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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What Crockery Hire 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 and will need to think about what crockery hire you require. Food is so closely entwined with meeting up, celebrating, and even saying goodbye to a loved one that it’s nearly always the centrepiece of the event.

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Hiring Wedding Chair Sashes for Your Big Day

Jan 10, 2020

One of the items on your wedding list could well be wedding chair sashes and you may be considering chair sash hire but can't decide if this is really necessary. This is why we have created this guide to explain why you need to hire wedding chair sashes for your big day.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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