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Operators in the Catering Services industry provide catering for one-off events such as weddings, corporate functions and private parties. Operators have felt the effects of increased uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union in recent years. Corporate functions are expected to account for just over half of industry revenue in 2019-20 and a dip in business confidence has held back catering budgets. Consumer confidence has also fallen. However, an overall rise in real household disposable income, low levels of unemployment and a rise in the UK marriage rate have helped to sustain demand in the wedding and private function sectors. Over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • An overall increase in the UK marriage rate has helped to sustain demand for wedding catering
  • Major companies have merged recently, allowing them to take advantage of economies of scale
  • Food price inflation due to the potential introduction of tariffs could weigh on margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Catering Services industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. In 2019-20, industry operators are estimated to spend £15.92 on labour for every £1.00 spent on capital. Like all hospitality industries, catering operations require significant labour input into various areas, from food ordering and preparation to serving tables and cleaning. Skilled workers are required in order to run a catering service include kitchen hands, chefs, cooks, waiters and bar staff. However, the use of multi-skilled staff can lower the need for labour, as well as the associated costs. Des...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Catering Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Catering Services Industry are

  • Use of high volume/low margin strategy
  • Receiving the benefit of word of mouth recommendations
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Real household disposable income in the Catering Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Catering Services Industry?

    The industry includes businesses engaged in the provision of catering services for one-off events such as weddings, private parties and corporate functions. The industry excludes the provision of contracted catering on an ongoing basis.

    Industry Products
  • Corporate functions
  • Weddings
  • Private functions
  • Industry Activities
  • Catering for weddings
  • Catering for private parties
  • Catering for corporate functions
  • Catering for product and shop launches
  • Catering for office parties
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from full-service restaurants
  • Marriage rate

  • Current Performance
  • Confidence is key
  • Appetite for growth
  • Changing tastes
  • Fine margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Uncertainty ahead
  • Recipe for success
  • Table: Catering Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Catering Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Banks
  • Legal Activities
  • Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Meat Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Corporate functions
  • Weddings
  • Private functions
  • Other
  • Chart: Catering Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Consumers
  • Government and educational bodies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Catering Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Catering Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Catering Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    CH & Co Catering Group Ltd,
  • Table: CH & Co Catering Group Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Catering Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Catering Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Food-Service Contractors
  • Firms that provide contracted catering services on an ongoing basis.
  • Self-Catering
  • When consumers hosting events provide food and drink without the aid of caterers.
  • Sustainable Produce
  • Produce that minimises detrimental impacts on the environment.
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