Corporate Caterers Manchester

Corporate Caterers Manchester

Corporate Caterers Manchester


Having been serving the local business community since 2006, Thyme Outside has grown a reputation as one of the area’s most trusted corporate caterers. Manchester based businesses both large and small have ordered food from us for all sorts of events – from everyday client meetings to Christmas parties, staff barbeques to promotional events. No matter what the event, we pride ourselves on offering high quality, freshly prepared food, presented to a high standard so as to provide a positive reflection of our client’s business.


Here we’ll look at some of the ways in which Thyme Outside stands apart from other corporate caterers. We’ll also provide some details of menu ideas and describe some recent client events we have catered for.


If you would like to discuss a corporate catering order, please contact us here.


If you regularly place corporate catering orders (on a daily basis) and would like to discuss how we could work with you, please get in touch. We are firm believers in getting to know and understand our clients so would be happy to arrange a meeting so you can find out more about us! Do also remember to take a look at our corporate catering menus to gain a better understanding of who we are and what we can do. Our blog is also a useful source of information and inspiration for planning a catered event.


Who Are We and Who Do We Work With?


Thyme Outside is the dedicated catering arm of Thyme Out Food Co – our café in West Didsbury. Since first opened the doors to our café in 2006, we have been concurrently building up the catering element of what we offer. From the very early days we were lucky enough to provide catering to a number of local businesses, such as Siemens, companies located at Towers Business Park and organisations such as schools in the locality. As time has gone by, our corporate client base has extended in size, location and type. We now regularly deliver into Manchester City Centre, as well as the surrounding areas including Bolton, Stockport, Bury, Altrincham, Trafford and Salford.


As the number of clients we have has grown, we have expanded our operational capability. We now have a number of refrigerated vans, enabling us to deliver multiple corporate deliveries on a daily basis. In 2016 we also took the step of opening new premises in the form of a dedicated commercial kitchen, designed to specifically process, produce and dispatch orders for catering. Our 3000 square foot commercial kitchen located just outside of Manchester is now we base the entirety of our catering operation. Having designed the kitchen from an empty shell, we have been able to spec it out to meet our exact needs. This not only allows us to produce a consistent quality of food for sending out to clients, it has also allowed us to take on more work than we were previously able to.


The majority of clients who use us for catering are office based and require our services for clients meetings, staff meetings, and events based on site at their office. We regularly do food for a number of law firms, barristers chambers, IT consultancies, marketing agencies, accountants and architects practices. Some of our other clients include retailers and manufacturers, and we provide catering for their office facilities or staff.


Conference centres are one particular type of business for which we provide catering. Manchester has a number of conference venues and office hire suites that we regularly deliver food to, sometimes for numbers of up to 200 at a time but generally for numbers of around 50 attendees. Similarly, training centres often require catering for the packages they provide and this is something we are seeing a growing level of interest in.


Another niche business area we service is the film and entertainment industry. We are regularly contacted by production companies who have photo or film shoots scheduled in and require catering. In the past we have done the catering for shoots for OK Magazine, promotional videos featuring Premier League footballers, and shoots for a number of household name retailers. With the growing activity of nearby Media City, we are also regularly asked to provide catering for one off shoots and have done the food for a number of well-known television programmes. On a similar theme, Manchester has a number of music recording studios and we have done the catering for album recording for bands and artists including Elbow.


In addition to servicing a corporate client base, Thyme Outside also provides outside catering for weddings, private events and functions. We’ve even done weddings for corporate clients of ours and vice versa!


Easy to Order 


Having been working with businesses for many years, we have got to know what companies want most from their corporate caterers. Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire based businesses not only want a high quality of food and reliable delivery service, speed is also of the essence. We know that you are busy and want to be able to process orders quickly and efficiently.


Over the years our catering operation has grown and we are now able to offer a complete online service to corporate clients. Our online ordering system not only allows you to complete orders and make a secure payment instantly online, it also enables regular customers to amend existing orders, place new or repeat orders, and select from previously entered delivery and invoice addresses.  Our online system was developed with corporate clients in mind – making everyday catering orders simpler and easier to manage.


Since launching our online ordering system we have had great feedback from corporate clients, including:


“Looks great! Really useful to see what we’re ordering. Will definitely be having a look at your other menus…Loving the new menus and the new layout!”


“The new design and layout look brilliant. Look forward to using it!”


“A great improvement – the photos are brilliant – I’m getting hungry just looking!”


As time goes on, we will continue to look for ways to improve our service to corporate clients. Should you have any suggestions about the way our website works or anything that would make your life easier when placing corporate catering orders, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Simply get in touch with us via our contact page or if you are a customer, please speak to your regular contact.


Quality Catering at the Right Price


The team at Thyme Outside pride themselves on providing a high standard of food and service to corporate clients. We know that the catering you put on at an event you hold is a reflection on your own business. As such, we will do what we can to ensure the food you receive is of a high standard and to your expectations.


Corporate catering orders are all prepared in house at our dedicated commercial catering kitchen just outside Manchester. Our facilities have been designed to our own specifications, allowing us to freshly prepare food for our customers in an efficient manner in a hygienic environment. Many corporate customers come to us because the food they have received when placing orders with other caters has been of a poor quality. We are proud to say that we don’t cut corners when we prepare our food. We use fresh ingredients, sourced from local suppliers wherever possible. The vast majority of items we send out on catering orders have been made on site by our team of chefs. As such, if you want cheap and cheerful, we’re probably not the caterers for you! We are by no means expensive; we simply offer a high quality product at a sensible price; providing excellent value for corporate customers.


Another way we believe we differ from other caterers is the way in which we present our food. Plastic trays may be easy to drop off to clients, but they don’t look very attractive and they certainly aren’t good for the environment. We use crockery and our chefs are trained to garnish every dish. We believe it's the small things that make a big difference - and from the feedback we get from our clients, they agree! 


Catering That Meets Your Exact Requirements 


Every client is different and if you place regular orders with us, it may be possible to tailor our service so your needs can be met. We have three delivery vans so will walkways make every effort to arrive with your catering at the specified time. If there is a certain way you would like your food to be presented, perhaps to fit in with your brand colours or identity, there may be an arrangement we can come to to accommodate this. 


Our online ordering system also allows you to specify any requirements you may have - either for a particular order or on an ongoing basis. For example, there may be a specific entrance to your building that you may want catering delivered to. You can add this to your account so it shows on every order you place. Alternatively you may have attendees with certain dietary requirements but want to benefit from the ease of placing a set menu order. No problem - simply go ahead and place your order, just add in the dietary requirements required. 


Recent Corporate Catering Case Studies


Thyme Outside has recently catered for some really exciting corporate events and clients. Just a few of these are detailed below.


Barbeque Catering for Summer Gathering


Thyme Outside was contacted by a large international company whose UK headquarters are in the North West. Every year the company welcomes representatives from around the world and treats them to an afternoon of food and entertainment. The company contacted us and asked us to come up with a menu based around a barbeque theme. On the day, we served up a selection of barbequed meats, featuring beef burgers, chicken skewers and bratwurst hotdogs. Alongside this we had a large salad bar section with 4 choices of freshly prepared salads, plus breads, homemade coleslaw, grilled sweetcorn and other accompaniments.


Since the first event, the company has been in touch and we are booked in to provide a similar barbeque feast again next year.


Christmas Corporate Catering


Thyme Outside was approached by a large multinational advertising agency to assist with the catering for their staff Christmas party. Taking place at a venue in Manchester city centre, the firm wanted something different to feed their 200 plus staff members. After a couple of meetings with the company, it was agreed that we would provide canapes, followed by a bowl food style main course.  Canapes included mini roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, smoked salmon blinis and chicken liver pate crostini. For the mains, we served up a choice of shin of beef in red wine, mini burger sliders, paella with squid and tiger prawns, and paneer and pepper marsala on braised rice. All of this was followed by a selection of bitesized desserts including mini lemon possets, brownie cheesecake towers and macarons.


Healthy Themed Bowl Food


Thyme Outside was contacted by an events company who were pulling together a promotional event for a major sports brand. The brand were launching a new product and were holding a special invite event as part of their promotional activity. To coincide with the brand’s ethos, we were asked to put together a menu of healthy treats. We suggested bowl food options including quinoa salad bowls alongside two choices of freshly blended smoothies. Both the client and the event company loved our suggestions and we were booked to cater the event. Thyme Outside also provided staff to serve the food and drink selections on the evening.  


Seminar Catering for South Manchester IFA


Corporate catering doesn’t have to mean catering for large numbers of glitzy events. The majority of the corporate catering we are asked to do is for smaller scale events or meetings. We were approached by a company in Hale who hold a number of seminars at their offices throughout the year. Putting on both a breakfast session and a lunchtime session on the same day, the firm wanted both a finger food breakfast and lunch accompanied by hot drinks. The company and their guests loved the food and we have already served similar buffets for them on a further 3 occasions.


Contact Thyme Outside, Corporate Caterers


Manchester based companies benefit from free deliveries on all catering orders. Businesses outside of our free delivery radius may need to pay a small delivery fee – please enquire for further details.


At Thyme Out we really value our corporate customers and will go out of our way to make your job of ordering catering easier. If there is anything you would like to discuss with us, however unusual the request, please get in touch. Although our online corporate menus provide a good idea of the type and styles of food we can produce, they are by no means extensive. If you cannot see a service or a particular type of food on our website, just ask.


To place an order with us, simply browse our menus, add items to your basket and register your details. If you are planning a large event and have a specific theme to tailor to or else any other enquiries about our menus, please get in touch with us directly. We’d be delighted to hear from you. You can also keep up to date with everything we have going on via our social media accounts – find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.