Businesses returning to work safely as lockdown eases

Returning to work slowly and safely is the next challenge facing businesses across the UK.

The country will see a gradual reopening of businesses from 15 June and business-owners will need to take the best steps to return to work safely.

As with stores that have been open during lockdown, businesses will be encouraged to put up signs reinforcing social distancing rules and local authorities will be doing spot checks. Among other rules, customers will also be encouraged to use hand sanitiser and to avoid touching items while they’re browsing.  

Advice from the Government

The government has published Covid-19 guidance to support businesses to reopen and for workers to feel confident and safe to return to work.

A range of coronavirus business support schemes are also available using the business support finder tool.

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Here at Inn Supplies, we are seeing an increasing amount of businesses ordering stock once again ahead of their reopening. We’ve also noticed that disposable items, which can be used once and recycled, are rising in popularity.

Our current best-sellers include disposable takeaway boxes, burger boxes and noodle boxes, disposable paper cups and disposable smoothie cups.

12oz Smoothie Cups (50) for £1.99 (lids separate)
No 3 PLA Biodegradable Food Box (200) for £33.50
12oz Brown Kraft Deli Soup Cups (500) for £28.80

For any questions about our products, please email sales@innsupplies.com. Our team are happy to help.

A little gift to business owners this Bank Holiday

Without a doubt, businesses have faced hard times during this global pandemic.

But it’s given us some hope to see that businesses have been increasingly stocking up supplies for when they get back up and running as lockdown rules ease.

We’re excited for them and we hope things get better for everyone.

As part of the Spring Bank Holiday, we’ve slashed prices on all our products. Across our website, you’ll find discounts on products such as disposable hot drink cups, water cooler cups, sauce pots and takeaway boxes.

Big savings

Individually Wrapped Toothpicks With Box (1000) now £1.35
6″ Paper Plates (1000) now £11.70
Biodegradable Bagasse Burger Boxes (500) now £35.37

Offer ends: Sunday 31 May 2020.

We remain open to dispatch orders while we can do so safely and any orders placed will be delivered on the usual lead time. Due to the Bank Holiday, orders purchased will be dispatched on the next working day.

For any questions regarding your order, please email sales@innsupplies.com and we’ll be happy to help.

Save big on our Bank Holiday Weekend Sale

We’re pleased to announce we’ve kicked off a season of savings with a Bank Holiday Weekend sale.

With our stock ready to be dispatched, simply use code ‘10OFF’ on checkout to apply 10% off your purchase.

You may be interested in…

12oz Kraft Ripple Insulated Cups (500) now £28.80
Dispopak Brown Leak-Proof Food Cartons (51oz) (200) now £24.08
8″ Bagasse Biodegradable 3 Compartment Meal Box (200) now £24.75

Offer ends: 11 May 2020.

We remain open to dispatch orders while we can do so safely and any orders placed will be delivered on the usual lead time. Due to the Bank Holiday, orders purchased will be dispatched on the next working day. For any questions regarding your order, please email sales@innsupplies.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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Sporks added to our sustainable cutlery collection

Sustainable Cutlery Sporks Catering Supplies

Compostable heavy duty cPLA sporks have been added to our sustainable collection of cPLA forks, knives and spoons.

Made from corn starch, these sporks are an alternative to regular plastic cutlery for customers looking to move their disposables away from oil-based plastics.

The sporks are ideal for all types of eateries, including takeaways and restaurants.

Sustainable Cutlery Sporks Catering Supplies

What is PLA?

PLA (PolyLactic Acid) is a sustainable and renewable plant based material; fully biodegradable and compostable.

The sporks have been tested up to 85 degrees Celsius and feature an attractive satin finish. This also sets them apart from the more common plastic varieties.

Visit our website for more information and to order online today.

5 essential party supplies for Easter 2020

Easter is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time to spend with loved ones, eat delicious food and celebrate the holidays.

Do you run licensed premises? Are you hosting a small party or organising a private function? Here at Inn Supplies, we’ve put together 5 catering supplies to help make your event one to remember.

Wine Glass Inn Supplies Party

1. Wine glasses

Available in all shapes and sizes, recyclable wine glasses are perfect additions to any table. Manufactured from clear crystal styrene, glasses are CE stamped where possible and legal for use in licensed premises.

2. Champagne flutes

One of the most popular items in our stock, reusable champagne flutes are ideal for house parties and soirees, or on commercial premises.

3. Biodegradable tableware

Our range of Sugarcane (or “Bagasse”) tableware is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional paper products sourced with sustainability with a reduced environmental impact in mind.

4. Banqueting rolls

Disposable banquet rolls will make a great addition to your table for Easter Sunday lunch.

Available in a range of lengths and colours, our rolls are the best solution for catering in events both large and small. Smaller rolls are also available.

5. Dessert dishes

Every meal needs a dessert. So why not take a look at our tough reusable dessert dishes, pots and glasses.

Suitable for a wide range of uses, these dishes are available as ECON (light use Crystal Polystyrene) plastic or ELITE (Polycarbonate) where heavier and more frequent use is intended.

Whilst you’re here…

We know times have been tough following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is why we’ve decided to run a special offer, helping you save money on your next purchase. Find out more here.

Following governmental advice, we also urge people to stay at home and only go out when necessary as advised. We remain open to dispatch orders while we can do so safely and any orders placed will be delivered on the usual lead time.

2019 Christmas Opening Times

As usual, our offices are closed this year between Christmas and New Year. The last day to place an order for delivery in 2019 is Friday 20th December; our offices are also open in the morning on Monday 23rd December.

Our offices reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020 with deliveries commencing from Friday 3rd.

Please ensure you get orders placed in plenty of time for and goods required before the New Year.

2019 Christmas Party Supplies

As you’ve probably spotted, Christmas is very much upon us. The shops are full of 3 for 2 gift ideas and selection boxes. As such we’ve launched our range of festive tableware, they’re all grouped together on the site for your convenience at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/christmas-party-store.

Our Christmas party store has a huge range of products including:

  • Printed paper tablecloths
  • Banquet rolls
  • Festive napkin designs
  • Black plastic glassware
  • Wine glasses
  • Champagne flutes

These items are all available from stock with free next day delivery.

See our full range of Christmas party supplies at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/christmas-party-store

2015 Christmas Party Supplies celebration

Which lids do I choose for my paper cups?

group lidsWith our ever increasing range of paper cups we’ve also picked up several new types of sip through lids on the way, as a result there is quite a large range of lids available on our store. At a glance, this can appear somewhat overwhelming if you’re just trying to buy the correct lid for your cups.

The safest way to ensure you buy the correct lid is to find the paper cups on our site and look in the “related items”, we always list the appropriate lid for that product as a related item to make them easier to find.

In terms of types of lid, we offer the following:

  • 4oz – 63mm rim diameter
    Designed to fit 4oz espresso cups (plastic and compostable options)
  • 6oz – 73mm rim diameter
    Fits only the 6oz flat white paper cups (plastic)
  • 8oz – 80mm rim diameter
    Designed for all regular 8oz paper cups (black or white / compostable or plastic)
  • 10-20oz – 90mm rim diameter
    Designed for all regular 10-20oz paper cups (black or white / compostable or plastic)
  • Ultimate – 86mm rim diameter
    Fits triple wall “ultimate” cups only (black or white / compostable or plastic)
  • 9oz vending – 73mm rim diameter
    Only for 9oz or 7oz squat vending paper cups (plastic)
  • 7oz vending: 70mm rim diameter
    Only for 7oz tall vending paper cups (plastic)

As you can see we offer various options on these lid sizes. A lot of our lids are available as either a black or white lid to suit you individual requirements, most are also available as a compostable alternative too now to suit our biodegradable paper cups. The regular plastic lids are made from Polypropylene and are completely recyclable. The compostable alternative lids are made from cPLA, a cornstarch based natural alternative to plastic. These are biodegradable and can be composted too.

You can find our full range of paper cup lids at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/paper-cups/domed-sip-lids-for-paper-cups

Product clearance: 3oz water cooler cups

3oz-nonvendingWhile stocks last we’ve got the small 3oz water / sampling cups at the clearance price of only £10 per case (2,000). These disposable plastic glasses are great for use in offices near water coolers or in canteens, the small capacity encourages people to drink water on the spot then throw the glass straight in the recycling bin. You’ll also find these glasses used for product sampling in supermarkets and malls, the small size makes them ideal for this sort of use.

These items are 100% recyclable, being made from flexible polypropylene plastic. You can simply dispose of them in any regular plastic recycling bin. The packaging is also completely recyclable in line with our ethical policy on disposable usage.

You can find these water cups on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/plastic-water-cups

Ethical and sustainable sourcing of raw materials

knife_fork_spoon-webWe specialise in environmentally friendly catering supplies and food packaging products. Since the increased interest in environmental impact of disposable products we’ve been championing our ever increasing range of eco-friendly alternative products.

The goal has always been to offer an environmentally alternative to every range we supply; this gives customer a choice between using a regular disposable item or a biodegradable product where this is desired or required.

With any shift in buying patterns and product demand it’s important to look at any other secondary environmental factors which might also be relevant. With biodegradable products for example, it’s common for plastic (polyethylene) coatings to be replaced with natural PLA (cornstarch) layers. The secondary impact here could be the knock-on effect with crops grown for food production with focus shifting to supply market demand for PLA. We go through a detailed certification procedure with any supplier or manufacturer of these materials to ensure that the raw materials are sourced in a sustainable fashion. The manufacturer needs to have a infrastructure in place for obtaining their raw materials that doesn’t impact local food production or the local environment.

Another example might be the increased use of wood / paper based products over plastics. We’ve seen plastic straws partially replaced with paper straws for example, and a huge increase in the sale of wooden cutlery. This all increases demand for paperboard and birch wood respectively in these examples. Again we always seek certification from the raw material sources to ensure that any forestry is conducted in a sustainable fashion (https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/articles/what-is-sustainable-forestry), new forests should be planted as trees are harvested; normally with specific types of quick growing birch.

Our new range of bamboo products are another excellent example of a focus on sustainability. Bamboo is an extremely fast growing plant, anything harvested for pump can be replaced extremely quickly minimising any environmental impact.

Please get in touch with our team with any requirements you may have for environmentally friendly biodegradable catering supplies, we’re always on hand to offer advise where required.