If your pub, restaurant or hotel could do with a financial boost and you have a large outdoor space, read on. An outdoor function room can help you gain the extra revenue you need, is potentially less expensive than a building extension and could help spread the word about your business.
Besides being a good place to host your own events, an outdoor function room is also ideal for hire-outs such as parties, discos, charity events, adult education classes – whatever the public demands! If you have the facilities, you could also give the option of providing snacks, meals and drinks, charging per head or per unit as you see fit.
How to Set Up an Outdoor Function Room
By far the best solution I’ve come across for an outdoor function room is these glass rooms from inn-fresco. The walls are built from 10mm thick panels in tempered safety glass, which can also function as sliding doors. So when it’s sunny, the panels can be fully opened up, and when it’s cold and wet they can be completely closed to create a fully weather-proof glass room that can be used all year round.
There are various additional options available for your glass room, including a retractable roof system. I think these are great because if someone wants to hold an outdoor party or barbeque during the summer months, you can fully open up the room. When it gets chilly later on, the retractable roof system and glass panels can be closed to create a fully enclosed space. Genius.
Your glass room can also be fitted with heating and lighting to ensure that it’s warm and comfortable during the harsher months. Depending on what you want to use it for, you might also need to equip it with chairs, tables, a sound system etc. Of course, people holding events like discos and parties might be happy to hire out sound and lighting equipment themselves, but if you have your own you can charge extra!
Once your outdoor function room is all set up, you need to let the public know. Start by putting notices up. Local businesses such as takeaways might be happy to take a few of these off your hands – just make sure you’re not stepping on anyone else’s toes! You could also try supermarkets, youth centres and post offices, many of which have notice boards where you can advertise free of charge. Write to local newspapers and magazines, submit entries to a local area forums – in fact, explore as many avenues as your time and budget allow to bring people to your new space.
As more and more people hear about your outdoor function room, enquiries should become more frequent and it will begin to earn its keep. And whenever you’re not holding events, you could use it as extra seating space for your own business. All in all, the initial cost is more than likely to pay off in the long term, and your business could attract a whole new breed of clientele, too just talk to Inn Fresco for more details on any of the products or images featured in this post.