Every now and then in the course of doing business in South Africa , one has a most pleasantly serendipitous encounter with a company (it’s not often, I grant you), that offers first world service and products, operated by genuinely warm, knowledgeable and helpful people. I am happy to tell you about a company called Florida Hiring – suppliers and hirers of event equipment. http://www.floridahiring.co.za
A couple of weeks ago, we were asked by a friend to cater for a 100-guest function, supplying breakfast, lunch and morning tea. As this is not our core business, we ran ourselves ragged trying to source equipment for the day.
Now there are plenty of companies willing to hire you urns, pots, stoves etc. but most of them are asking a price that would considerably reduce America’s current cash crisis.
Mercifully our internet trawling revealed Florida Hiring. The first shock was the incredible variety and availability of equipment. The second was their pricing. It actually defines ‘reasonable’. I also found out they not only hire out catering equipment, but they are a one-stop source, offering a COMPLETE range of services for almost any event.
The first person I spoke to was Wilma, one of the owners (always good to talk to someone who has a vested interest in the company’s effectiveness). Not only did I receive a quote within minutes of my email, but she appeared to be keen to advise us on cheaper, more efficient combinations of equipment to satisfy our requirements. Wilma could simply have quoted us on the items we asked for, made considerably more money and simply shrugged at our lack of experience. No, Florida Hiring is in the long-term relationship business – an exceedingly rare find these days
Just before we were due to start work on our job, our friend was beset by unforeseen problems, resulting in the last minute cancellation of the catering. I immediately contacted Florida Hiring; this time speaking to Michelle, only hours before I was due to collect the equipment. Michelle accepted my explanation graciously and wished us better fortune next time – hoping they could be of future service to us.
Well, Wilma and Michelle. Of this you can be sure. If it is event equipment I need, we will most definitely be contacting you.