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Sunday, 25 February

A Bit Of An FM Feast

365 of the UK’s best loved chefs have collaborated with Charitable Bookings alongside leading restaurants, private members clubs and 5 Star hotels by donating their Signature Dish main course recipe to help raise money and awareness for 1,000’s of UK registered charities.

These 365 mouth-watering Signature Dish recipes can be found in a beautiful 754 page hard back book with limited addition slip case making it the perfect gift for all foodies this Christmas.

The book is priced at £40 with £5 going to the UK registered charity of the purchasers’ choice. All 365 dishes can also be found at £3.99 for the entire set on the free to download Charitable Bookings app with £1 going to one of over 8,500 charitable causes chosen by the purchaser.


ISS wins Education Caterer of the Year at Foodservice Cateys

ISS Facility Services Education has been crowned the Education Caterer of the Year at this year’s Foodservice Catey Awards, run by The Caterer magazine. ISS UK’s Education division provides catering services to primary and secondary schools across England and is the largest Food for Life Served Here accreditation holder in its sector. They scooped the award for their commitments to providing an all-encompassing lunch service which promotes and supports healthy living and overall child wellbeing.


Another Catey

Vacherin, the foodservice and local authority catering businesses, was rewarded for its CSR in the past 12 months. Zoe Stennett-Cox, Vacherin’s dedicated CSR manager has said “We are absolutely thrilled to have our efforts and achievements recognised in this way. It is from our desire to provide high-quality food that we believe sustainability & CSR are essential to our success.”


And another

 Simon Esner of WSH and Rik Razza at BaxterStorey were recognised for the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Training Award respectively at the Cateys on Friday October 13.

 Simon Esner won for his work as Director at WSH, which has seen him play a vital role in a number of high profile deals and avidly supporting rising stars within the industry. He was also recognised for his commitment to industry charities Springboard and Hospitality Action by colleagues and industry leaders.

Rik Razza, Head of Chef Training and Development at BaxterStorey, won the Training Award for his support and development of talent at every level across the business, making it the third time BaxterStorey have won the accolade in four years. Rik created and implemented the Chef Academy, which provides training and career development for industry professionals at BaxterStorey locations across the UK.


A new sandwich - or just new mayo?

Sodexo has introduced a new sandwich range which will cut 86 million calories a year to consumers, it is claimed.

The relaunched Delifresh sandwich range, made by Adelie, is now available at more than 1,000 Sodexo sites in the UK. All the cheese is 12-month matured West Country Barbers cheddar, all the chicken and ham is sourced in the British Isles and all the Tuna is line or pole caught. The use of lower fat mayonnaise reduces the Delifresh range by 86 million calories based on last year’s volumes.


Grab and go lunchtime range

Bartlett Mitchell, has launched ‘Food to Go’, a sustainable new ‘grab and go’ food concept. Its range of sandwiches, wraps, salads, snacks and desserts have been developed to provide a fresh and nutritious alternative to high street options while reducing the impact of lunchtime packaging waste.

Demand for quick and convenient lunches is growing with grab and go sales increasing by seven per cent in the UK last year. It is now worth £20 billion and makes up 70 per cent of all lunchtime choices.

More than 80 recipes have been created for the range and will be made fresh at its locations each day. These include buckwheat, edamame beans, baby spinach and sweet potato with tomato and cucumber salad, beetroot, almond and cranberry bircher muesli and linseed roasted salmon with free range egg, courgette and baba ganoush wholemeal wrap.


Juice on the loose

Lusso, part of CH&Co Group, has launched a new juice and coffee bar at the Royal College of Art, Kensington. The Juice D Bar is the first phase of planned redevelopment to introduce a food court concept to the college.  The new approach will create three defined outlets catering for different food and beverage choices throughout the day – drinks and snacks, grab-and-go meals and refectory dining.


Heritage Chef Award winners

BaxterStorey has announced the winners of its third annual Heritage Chef of the Year Awards with winners from across the UK and Ireland. This year’s final held at Electrolux, Luton, saw 13 talented chefs compete across four categories; Young Chef of the Year, Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Chef Manager of the Year.

Following a series of demanding regional heats, the finalists were challenged to create two dishes within just 90 minutes. Expert judges awarded top marks to those showcasing the best of locally sourced produce, skill, innovation and presentation.

Stephen Selwood, based in the South East, took the title of Young Chef of the Year. His dish of Newlyn’s Farm grilled pork chuck steak, sourced just 25 miles from his location in Reading, wowed the judges.

Irish-based Claire Rodden was awarded Chef of the Year in an incredibly tight category. Her dessert of baked yoghurt, AIB honey, elderflower, pickled apple and honeycomb was inspired by one of Ireland’s best products – dairy. The honey in the dish originated from the building in which she works, from one of seven hives, housing around 60,000 bees.

Pastry Chef of the Year was won by Sam Parsons, based in the South West. His beautifully simple dish of spiced plum and yoghurt ice cream showcased the very best of fresh, seasonal produce from his region.

Oxford-based Sean Campbell took the title of Chef Manager of the Year with a local lamb dish, complimented perfectly with heritage pumpkin and pickled golden beets.


ABM UK bags £2 million cleaning and security deal with Victoria Place Shopping Centre


ABM?UK has been awarded a three year contract with Victoria Place Shopping Centre in London’s Victoria Station.  The new contract – which was won as part of a competitive tender – is worth approximately £2 million. It will see ABM UK supplying the Savills managed shopping centre with cleaning and security services.

Adam Baker, ABM UK’s business development and marketing director, said: “Retail is an important sector for ABM UK. We are securing, cleaning and maintaining over 85 shopping centres and retail parks throughout the UK and Ireland. Keeping retail spaces clean, safe and functioning is essential to ensure enjoyable shopping and leisure experiences." 


Serco partnership with Hertfordshire County Council extended until 2021

Serco has been awarded a two-year extension to its contract with Hertfordshire County Council, meaning the partnership is set to continue to until March 2021. The extension – which has a total estimated contract value to Serco of £48m - follows an independent external benchmarking exercise, which concluded that Serco represents good value for money across a wide range of services.

Since the original contract began in 2011, Serco has transformed the way many services are delivered locally, helping the Council to save over £21m. Achievements include delivering an innovative and high-quality Social Care Access Service working to identify and meet residents’ adult social care needs, and enabling local residents to access more Council services online – from reporting highways issues such as potholes to applying for a blue badge.

As part of the contract extension, Serco will deliver further guaranteed savings of at least £1.3m over the two additional contract years, with further possible savings identified in a number of areas. At the same time Serco will bring a number of service improvements to assist the Council in delivering its SMART Digital strategy, including working with the council on a large scale transformation of adult social care to place a greater emphasis on early intervention and prevention, and further enhancing the Council’s online customer service channels for residents, to include web-chat and social media.


 Mitie celebrates £50m success in Scotland

Mitie’s property management business has been awarded a number of social housing contracts in Scotland. The most substantial contract is with Aberdeenshire Council. It covers all aspects of social housing repairs. A North Lanarkshire Council win, valued at £3.1m per annum, includes the renewal of 420 kitchens and 550 bathrooms.

The renewal of a partnership with Oak Tree Housing Association will see Mitie deliver the second phase of kitchens and bathrooms to 300 properties.

Mitie has also added the Paisley-based housing association, Williamsburgh, and Sanctuary Scotland to its growing list of social housing customers. Williamsburgh is a four-year contract worth £2.8m.


Two law firms

NG Bailey‘s Facilities Services division has secured major contract renewals for the London headquarters of two leading global law firms. The two contracts will see NG Bailey deliver planned and preventative maintenance services at Linklaters’ London HQ at One Silk Street, adjacent to The Barbican Centre and at Trowers & Hamlins’ Moorgate office.


Norse signs 16th local authority partnership agreement

Norse Commercial Services has completed the signing of its 16th local authority partnership, the latest seeing the formation of Daventry Norse, with Daventry District Council. Under the 10-year £50million agreement, Daventry Norse will take over responsibility for delivering a wide range of services from 4th June 2018, when the council’s current agreement with Enterprise/Amey ends.

Services will include waste and recycling collections for households and businesses, litter picking and street sweeping on public roads and paths, maintenance on roadsides and Council land of bushes, grounds and trees, maintaining play equipment, clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council: said: “As a joint venture that shares the control and ownership of services between the two partners, Daventry Norse is a very different approach to the current arrangement of an external contractor delivering the services on the Council’s behalf.”

Picture:  Lusso Juice D Bar Royal College of Art Kensington

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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