Buying specialist Lynx Purchasing has strengthened its support for the hospitality and catering sector with two key appointments.
Jenny Couves and Matt Thompkins joined Lynx as business managers at the start of July. Both are based in the south east and will work with existing Lynx customers in the region, as well as focusing on expanding the company’s customer base.
Couves was previously a national account manager for Beacon Purchasing, and has also worked for both 3663 and Brakes. Thompkins previously ran the catering operation at the London Wetlands Centre, and has also worked on both the operations and sales side in hospitality, including Brakes.
Couves said, “I’m very pleased to be joining the Lynx team at a time when the business is seeing strong growth. I’ve always believed in going the extra mile to meet customers’ needs, and that is at the heart of Lynx’s approach.”
Thompkins added, “The hospitality sector has never been more competitive, and disciplined buying is key to operators’ success. The diverse range of suppliers Lynx works with offers the edge that businesses need.”
Lynx Purchasing managing director John Pinder said, “Jenny and Matt are joining us at an exciting time. As the economy recovers, competition for customer spend is fiercer than ever, and the market in London and the south east is leading the way.
“More operators that ever before are recognising the benefits that working with a buying specialist delivers both in managing costs and in freeing them to focus on the consumer experience. The enthusiasm of our new business managers will benefit existing customers, as well as further build our presence in the south east.”
Lynx Purchasing works with more than 2,000 businesses, offering caterers access to the best prices in the market, with no fees or contracts. Lynx customers also benefit from detailed market insight, enabling them to plan menus more effectively.
Lynx works with a wide range of specialist catering suppliers, from food and drink to categories including disposables, cleaning & hygiene, equipment, lighting, beds, uniforms, utilities, telecoms and many others.