Category : Customer Experience

Are you ready for al fresco?

Keith Hobbs

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the roadmap to recovery is pressing ahead. We can’t wait to be sat in the beer garden, at the terrace, on the pavement: the al fresco options are endless!

The hospitality sector is always innovating anyway and we’ve loved seeing all the different ways our clients and friends are embracing the upcoming patio season, but it’s great to see so many Councils being more flexible with pavement seating options too. 

Areas like Covent Garden have radically innovated their space and surrounding areas to open up even more outside dining and drinking spaces. Closer to home it’s great to see Nottingham City Council altering road layouts to cater for greater pavement hospitality options. And globally we’re seeing trends shift and new patterns emerge as we all embrace our new normal.

However you tackle the conundrum of being safer outdoors, comfort and safety are key. Customers want to relax and enjoy themselves, safe in the knowledge that there is space around them and that all surfaces are clean and not damaged.

From a seating point of view, durability and comfort are key. Furniture needs to be sturdy, weather resistant and well-maintained. Keeping surfaces smooth and free from damage means there aren’t spaces for germs, dirt and bacteria to build. Regular deep cleaning ensures that staff cleaning systems are effective and manageable. We can help with all these aspects.

But we all need a bit of luxury too! Soft furnishings, lighting and imaginative use of the space all make such a difference. Cushions and covers can be brought inside to protect them, but can offer warmth and comfort when used.

We partner with specialised architectural joiners and can offer a range of exciting outside seating and structural options as a result. We can work with you to create a bespoke solution.

Our Brand Image Maintenance Service protects outside spaces just as much as indoor, and enables managers and owners to protect their outdoor investment securely. Take a look at the work we did for The Crescent Inn here.

Need to bring your outdoor seating and structures up to speed? Get in touch – we are always happy to give you a maintenance and repair quote.

Where Tech Meets Taste

Keith Hobbs

This past year has seen a lot of changes within hospitality, largely driven by the pandemic and the challenges it has created. But we’ve seen some exciting developments too, not least around technology. Digital means of staying in touch with customers have become more important than ever, and we’re looking forward to seeing the different ways these will be harnessed once dining in is given the green light again.

Grabbing a bite to eat in your favourite fast food joint will be a different experience to how it was even just a few months ago – not because the menu is changed dramatically but because of the introduction of technology in store. You may have noticed this already when ordering take out. Click and collect, order and pay, contactless payments – they all show how tech that talks to each other can streamline the service in your venue.

These digital developments are changing the way we order and the way we eat, and they have significant repercussions for how you need to view the interior of your venue. Here’s why.

As technology makes customers and crews’ experiences easier and more streamlined, the focus is clear: if digital can aid convenience and increase sales, it’s a win. Inspiring loyalty often comes down to catering to guests’ individual needs. That’s what they’re used to elsewhere. Why not in their food-purchasing journey? Digital features that promote personalisation and encourage additional sales are set to become mainstream in McDonald’s and elsewhere. Post covid, they are likely to emphasise safety too, which can only be a good thing.

This focus on tech in the ordering side of things frees up staff to focus on the customer service once inside the store. For those guests who need to grab and go, technology adds speed and convenience. For those guests who want to linger, technology enables colleagues to offer personalised service inside. With digital table top entertainment, and table service now standard, good quality seating that matches the brand ethos and standards is vital. A layout that encourages guests to be comfortable and go back for seconds is key – and the perfect match to the latest digital tricks deployed elsewhere.

Need to refresh your interior? We can help. We never put covers over covers – instead we offer repair and reupholstery to protect your investment and bring your brand image back to looking its best.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Keith Hobbs

From the very beginning, when we first set up Fresssh Image, we have been 100% focused on our customer experience. We knew from our professional lives to date just how vital strong client relationships are for success, and we’ve worked hard over the years to build meaningful connections and supportive networks with clients, colleagues and suppliers alike.

As part of this commitment, we regularly ask for feedback. We know many businesses can be scared of feedback for fear of hearing something negative, but we’ve always embraced it. It means we always know how to improve and are able to action changes quickly, and it also means our clients know we value their feedback, and their input. We know exactly what we do well too, and can communicate this clearly with new clients as well.

We wanted to share some of the feedback we have received from our clients with you. We are proud of our work, our ethos and our values. It’s great to know others are too.

Coronavirus : Why cleanliness matters more than ever

Keith Hobbs

With news of the spread of COVID-19 developing every day, many venues in the hospitality and leisure industry are concerned about the impact on their turnover and footfall. Guests are changing plans, and demanding the very highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness from every bar, restaurant and hotel they frequent. Never has it been more important for your venue to be spotlessly clean to minimise any infection risk.

Venues are being advised to prepare a prevention plan that protects employees and guests while on your property. It should put potential guests at ease and help to ensure a positive, safe experience at your setting. First and foremost in this plan should be cleaning and hygiene preparations to ensure there are no spaces for germs to lurk, or uncleaned surfaces where contamination can linger.

It can be difficult for teams that are under-staffed or over-stretched to find the time to do the deep clean every toilet or staff room periodically needs. We are already helping clients with this and carrying out extensive cleaning to ensure the very best hygiene standards – do get in touch if you think your venue could benefit from a deep cleaning session this month. We are here to help.

Target Your Toilets

Keith Hobbs

Toilets are often the first and final thing your customers see. No matter how good the meal was, customers will remember that unpleasant smelling and dirty loo and be reluctant to return.

If you’re really unlucky they’ll tweet about it. With pictures.

If the toilets do not reflect the same standards as the rest of the space, it can erode trust and reflect badly on your brand. Cleanliness with an aroma to match is key. And good hygiene builds confidence in guests to trust in your standards.

Yet we all know cleaning teams are limited by time and resource. This is why scheduling a regular deep clean is vital. It doesn’t replace your day to day cleaning. Rather it provides a high-quality platform to work from, ensuring your brand image is maintained and your customers’ experience is protected.

Our new Toilet Deep Clean service aims is to refresh your public toilets every quarter (or whenever suits you). We will work alongside you and your team to deliver the highest standard of cleanliness in one of the busiest areas of your restaurant.

•  The work can be carried out overnight to cause the least disruption to your customers.

•  It delivers hygienic detail to key areas such as tile grout, urinals, toilet seats, pipework, hand dryers and soap dispensers.

•  Pictures of before and after the deep clean will be taken and sent to your management team.

•  It supports the restaurant team(s) in being able to focus on other areas.

The best brands have the best toilets – it’s as simple as that.

Your toilets should be recognised as a prime opportunity to offer one last touch of hospitality before the customer leaves.

Interested in finding out more? Contact us on info@fressshimage.co.uk for a full quote – let’s add some sparkle today!

Cost-effective ways to improve your pub’s appeal

Ash Dhindsa

Without doubt, one of the UK’s USPs are its pubs and their vast range of beers. With tourism growing significantly outside of London, pubs nationwide ought to maximise the appeal of their venues with enticing interiors, alfresco dining and great value-for-money menus.

As casual dining hasn’t quite hit the heights many thought it would, pubs should seize the opportunity and convince visitors that the pub is now the place to be, but they need to look worth stepping over the threshold for.

Limited on budget but want to increase your pub’s appeal? We’ve worked in the pub industry for over 10 years so know the challenges you face day-to-day. For pub owners looking to increase their venue’s footfall and profitability, we’d recommend these tips for competing in today’s competitive hospitality market.

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