The buying specialists at Lynx Purchasing already work with more than 2200 businesses including hotels, pubs, restaurants, healthcare and education providers. Read our case studies to learn more about the different styles of business we work with and how we support them.
Award winning five-star hotel Seaham Hall is achieving substantial savings on food, disposables and utilities through its partnership with buying specialist Lynx Purchasing. Seaham Hall’s sister company Luxury Lodge Estates Company is now building on this success by working with Lynx at two of its prestigious holiday resorts.
Providing residents in its 10 residential care homes with nutritious, appealing and high quality food is a priority for Pilgrims’ Friend Society (PFS), the Christian charity committed to supporting elderly people. That they achieve this despite the many health and dietary challenges presented by their residents is thanks to the commitment of the PFS managers and chefs, ably supported by Lynx Purchasing, who negotiate prices for all the charity’s food and related kitchen items.
When Combe Grove Manor Hotel moved to independent ownership in June 2015, buying specialist Lynx Purchasing worked with the new owners to ensure reliable suppliers were in place from day one of trading.
Independent hotels have a strong appeal to customers looking for personal service and unique experiences, but in terms of both buying power and economies of scale there are clear advantages to being part of a larger group.
The award winning Mill at Stokesley is a thriving pub thanks to the vision and hard work of chef Alex Cook, who took over the business at the start of 2014 as a tenant with Star Pubs & Bars.
Located in the centre of the thriving market town of Stokesley, at the foot of the North Yorkshire moors, the pub now combines a strong appeal to locals with an increasing destination food trade.
Named Country Hotel of the Year in the 2015 Good Hotel Guide, the Pear Tree Hotel at Purton works with buying specialist Lynx Purchasing to ensure that its menus, built around fresh, seasonal produce, are as profitable as they are popular.
While the Pear Tree Hotel has a long and interesting history, in hospitality terms it is right up to date. So much so, that the Good Hotel Guide awarded the Pear Tree its Country Hotel of the Year title in the 2015 edition, recognising the high quality food and facilities offered to guests at the family owned business, as well as its commitment to customer service.
For any expanding business, having the right support structure in place creates the stability and confidence that are vital for growth. For The Snug group of bars, that support includes its partnership with buying specialists Lynx Purchasing, who help the business manage its menu price in the competitive High Street bar market.
The first Snug Bar opened in central Cambridge in March 2005, followed by sites in Hertford, St Albans, a second Cambridge outlet, High Wycombe and the latest addition, Hitchin, in 2014. The company has ambitious expansion plans, hoping to open a further 15 sites over the next five years.
Leafi, which operates restaurants and cafés at a range of prestigious venues in the South East, as well as providing event and function catering, works with Lynx Purchasing to source produce for menus which focus on home-cooked dishes made with locally and ethically sourced food.
Leafi was founded by Liam Farrell and Fiona Barber in 2006, initially as an events company. In 2008 Leafi opened its first café, the Buttery Café at the historic Burgh House in Hampstead. As well as operating the garden café, with a focus on home cooked food made using fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce, Leafi also provided catering for weddings at the venue.
As one of Lynx Purchasing’s first customers, Philip Roberts is well-qualified to speak about the benefits of working with the buying specialists. Since he first started to work with Lynx in 2004, Robert has turned his business,The Bridge Hotel & Spa near Wetherby, from a 2-star hotel to a 4-star spa and conference complex. And he’s in no doubt that Lynx has played a role in his success.
“Lynx has helped make The Bridge what it is today,” says Roberts. “Not only has the Lynx team negotiated keener prices than I would be able to as a single hotel, but they have also been a second pair of eyes on the business. As a sole trader, you can easily find yourself working in splendid isolation, so I’ve really valued Lynx’s perspective as it’s from outside the business, but is informed by their years of experience in the hospitality industry.“