A school catering company based in Warwickshire is celebrating its first year as a stand-alone business following its move away from being run as a local authority service to become the County’s first Local Authority Traded Company, Educaterers.
Pupils and staff from Heathcote Primary School in Warwick joined Managing Director of Educaterers, Terry Tredget, to mark the event with a special celebratory cake that was enjoyed by the children following their Educaterers lunch.
Educaterers launched in September 2017, taking over the delivery of school meals from Warwickshire County Caterers, which had provided a successful catering service to schools in the county for over 25 years.
The decision to create a stand-alone business was made in order to give Educaterers more freedom to compete, bid for new contracts and reinvest back into the business.
The ambitious project has paid off, with a successful first year of trading which has seen £1.2 million of business achieved in the first year and new school contracts won, including the contract to provide meals for Heathcote Primary School from the day it opened in September 2017.
Other new contracts won by Educaterers that have started this September include at Alcester Academy High School, where the company has installed a contemporary-styled ‘Meet & Eat’ facility for secondary school pupils, and the brand new St. Gabriel’s C of E Academy that has just opened in Houlton, a new neighbourhood development in Rugby.
Terry Tredget, Managing Director of Educaterers, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be celebrating our first year, which has seen us deliver a healthy level of business and impress new customers to win even more contracts.
“I believe it is our passion for development and innovation combined with our many years of experience in the school and college catering industry that has resulted in this success, and we are continuing to re-invest in the company and our staff so our business is not only sustainable but continues to grow, taking on new contracts and more employees.”
Lara Jeffries, Headteacher of Heathcote Primary School, said: “One of our school priorities is ensuring we promote a healthy lifestyle; Educaterers have really supported that, serving tasty balanced meals every day. It is our responsibility to teach our children the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise; at Heathcote this is embedded in all we do!”
Educaterers is committed to service development and to investing in its staff’s skills and has just launched a new Centre of Excellence at Boughton Leigh Junior School in Rugby. The Centre will showcase the best of what the business does, develop and train both new and existing employees, and test new innovation in service and menu development.
A new Culinary Skills Programme has also been developed by Educaterers to enable staff to develop their food making, food preparation and creative skills, including a course specialising in food preparation and cooking for a healthy diet.