Tapside Coffee Machine Rentals celebrates its 35th anniversary with the launch of an expansion programme south of the border and plans to increase its team from six to at least ten by the end of the year to meet customer demand for coffee machines following an upsurge in café openings and changes in the drink driving law.
The Bo’ness based company, which was founded by Jack Marshall, (81), in 1982, specialises in supplying designer and bespoke machines to over 120 clients including cafes, hotels, garden centres and sports clubs, including Garrion Bridges Garden Centre and the internationally famous Speyside Heather Centre.
Jack, who works closely with the UK’s leading, manufacturer of cappuccino and espresso coffee machines, Fracino, continues to play a major role in the business, focussing on helping start-ups to get up and running with competitive coffee machine rental packages, which includes installation, barista training and a supply of their own Esprè coffee beans.
Jack said: “With a great mix of clients on board, many of them since day one, who we have a great relationship with and an impressive 35-year track record, it felt like the time was right to expand south of the border.
“Since the changes in the drink driving laws over the years and the rise in entrepreneurs opening their own coffee houses we have seen a definite increase in demand for our products.
“The package we offer to start-ups and growth businesses is not only an attractive and alternative flexible renting option compared to high street loans but we also provide ongoing support to help get them up and running with the most suitable affordable package that meets their requirements and most importantly, ensure they make a profit from day one.”
Alan Gibson, General Manager, West Lothian Golf Club, said: “Due to the changes in drink driving laws we have seen a dramatic increase in the sales of hot drinks, which is why it has become increasingly important for us to deliver a high quality hot drinks service to our customers.
“At Tapside, what we get is a reliable quality product and first-class service ‘on tap’, which we’ve had since day one, always going that extra mile to help us to keep our customers happy and ensure they keep coming back.”
Jack continued: “I’m often asked why I think Tapside is such a successful business riding many storms for over three decades, both economically and politically, and the answer is clear - my team. Our staff are dedicated, passionate and determined to help everyone who comes through our door to get exactly what they need, when they need it and with guidance from start to finish.
“Without them we wouldn’t be making this next big step to expand south of the border, driving the Tapside name forward and continuing to make many customers very happy in the process.”