About Us

At Lynx Purchasing, we like to get right inside your business. Our team has all worked in foodservice and hospitality and has in-depth experience of hospitality and catering procurement. We understand our customers’ businesses, whether they are a hotel, restaurant, bar, pub, cafe or care home.

Most importantly, we know all the right questions to ask on price and quality, and can quickly recommend the right suppliers to help you. Once we’ve matched you to the products you buy every day at the best prices, we carry on helping you control your costs and manage your margins by analysing your spend on a regular basis and providing you with at a glance details of where the money’s been spent. The more you let us into your business the more we will save you.

We also keep on top of changing prices and negotiate longer-term deals, making it easier for you to plan ahead and adjust your offer – a real benefit in uncertain times or when costs are rising.

Think of us as an extension to your team – the professional buyer who has the time and the contacts you need. We really are on your side.

Contact us & see how much you can save.


Lynx Purchasing Team

We think it’s our people who make all the difference and another reason Lynx Purchasing stands out from the crowd.

All our people have worked in food and catering at some point so we know the challenges involved and what it’s like to run a hospitality business. We’ve also got over 60 years of buying experience between us, so when you work with Lynx Purchasing, you’ll not only get an experienced pair of hands, you’ll also get the benefit of having some of the best purchasing experts in the industry on your team.


John Pinder

John is our managing director but not the boss – it's our customers who are in charge. He believes in doing business the old-fashioned way, on trust and a handshake. John’s father was a wholesale grocer in Leeds and he learnt the trade the hard way, earning a living on the wagons delivering wholesale food across the city. At Cearns and Brown he grew the catering supplier’s Leeds depot into a £35 million and then the sales of the whole company to £160ma year operation. After the business was sold to Brakes, John co-founded Lynx Purchasing to put his years of experience with catering wholesaler to work for operators 

john@lynxpurchasing.co.uk  07714 338807


Howard Pearson

Howard is one of our directors and reckons he has the perfect job in helping our customers run their businesses better.  His track record includes stints with food wholesalers Booker Fitch, Watson & Philips and Brakes, as well as his own 160 cover eatery and garden centre business. Howard joined forces with John to co-found Lynx Purchasing, with the clear aim “that we always do what we say we’ll do”.

howard@lynxpurchasing.co.ukor call 07799 622642


Rachel Dobson

Director Rachel heads up our purchasing side and brings a vast amount of buying and operational experience to the table. Her determination to help our customers do well really does make her our secret weapon. Rachel worked as Group Purchasing Manager for Le Meridien and Principal Hotels which included London’s Grosvenor House & Le Meridien Piccadilly before joining Lynx, and now she spends her time negotiating the best deals for our customers.

rachel@lynxpurchasing.co.uk  07776 272534


Jo Hunt

Jo is our admin manager, with a vital role that includes keeping track of just how much we’re saving for our customers. She worked with John in at Cearns & Brown, starting in the warehouse to gain product knowledge then working in a number of office roles within the company. After a career break, Jo was persuaded by John to take on the admin manager task with Lynx Purchasing.