The Story

Where it all started

HP Catering Ltd, originally named (and still known as) Hot Plate Catering Oldham began its journey in 2015 when our Director, Jack Dale, a young Chef from Oldham, decided to go it alone from the family kitchen.

In its first year, the business turned over just £12,000. Five years on and the business now boasts impressive catering contracts and private clients, turning over in excess of £170,000 per year and employs a small team of dedicated, hard working individuals.

"It is all about the will to succeed, not giving up and having the desire to look back after time has passed and think, wow, look at what we have achieved"

Image by Ian Schneider

"We have worked so hard to get HP off the ground and to do what we have done in the midst of a pandemic is phenomenal. I'm so proud of the team from our staff in the kitchens, to our admin, ops and accountant. We are still in a baby steps situation at the moment. The industry is unstable as it returns following covid and we're approaching it sensibly, walking before we can run. To get to where we've managed to find ourselves, it is all about the will to succeed, not giving up and having the desire to look back after time has passed and think, wow, just look at what we have achieved in this month, or quarter, or past year. Staying focused and just following the dream almost always results in you surprising yourself, one way or another. This started in my parents kitchen, to be where we are now just five years on is a proud achievement".

- Jack Dale

Managing Director

Benefits of Contract Catering

So why enter into a catering contract and not just hire catering staff directly? Running a Catering operation is a big undertaking. It isn't as simple as grilling the sausages in the morning! The paperwork, the staff training, the environmental health factors, all of these things play a vital role in running a successful food service. It's also about creativity and personalisation. Unlike individual employees, as a Company we are able to offer larger