Choices Hire Services is a family run business, based in Abbotts Ann, that has grown and evolved since beginning in 1987. Starting out as a catering company, with the additional odd sale or hire of foil platters, the company quickly became an essential source of catering hire both locally and nationally, now regularly supplying the UK favourite cookery show, Masterchef, along with a variety of celebrity chefs and well know tv programmes. Owner, Liz Dawson says, “Choices hire anything, from a teaspoon to a marquee”.
Choices have a yearly open day to allow the local area to see what there is on offer. Andover & Villages were invited along and were staggered to see the range of available items. Liz gave a guided tour and said, “It is so important that, whilst we supply to the very large events, we can also supply six wine glasses for a dinner party, or a vintage tea set for a small (or big!) tea party.”
Visitors were able to mill around the well-stocked warehouse, and a marquee had been erected in the yard, with carpeting and tables decorated in a variety of themes. Michael King – Magician extraordinare – was milling around the guests, amazing them with his magic tricks. A fantastic spread of sandwiches, cakes, nibbles and drinks were on offer, as Liz, her husband Gerry and the Choices staff chatted easily with the visitors.
Outside, various hire-able party props had been placed around so that a real feel for the extent of availability could be seen, from the Queen with her corgis to a fantastic red carpet.
As Liz showed AaV around the warehouse, she explained, “One of the most important things we do at Choices is the cleaning routine after items are returned, everything is hand washed and then placed into the dishwashers, which are separate for dinnerware and glassware.” Liz went on to say, “I am proud of the dishwashers and their standard of cleanliness”.
Rows and rows of available items for hire are stacked, floor to ceiling on massive racks awaiting their call to duty, but they only represent a percentage of what Choices offer. A full consultancy service is also available on your party and event planning.
If you are having a small intimate special dinner party or a massive celebratory event, give Choices a call. Liz, Gerry and the team are knowledgeable and helpful, competitively priced and local.
Choices Hire Services can be contacted on: 01264 365697 and www.choiceshire.com