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Nottingham City Council grows school catering portfolio

Nottingham City Council’s school catering service has won four new school catering contracts in Derby.

The council served 2.1 million meals across 55 primary and secondary schools in Nottingham city last year but from April 2020, it will be adding Beaufort Community Primary; Cherry Tree Hill Primary; Asterdale Primary and Borrow Wood Primary to its portfolio.

Councillor Neghat Khan said: “The key to the council’s recent success is that the education catering team recognises the importance of working in partnership with each school to ensure individual needs are met and expectations are exceeded.

“Our highly experienced team are always prepared to go above and beyond – from reflecting the school’s teaching programme in the menus and providing educational enrichment through clubs to running engaging cooking classes and supporting fundraising initiatives.”

Jo Bunting, from Odyssey Collaborative Trust, said: “We felt that Nottingham City Council’s emphasis on local fresh ingredients, quality meals for all with a flexibility of choice of menus to suit our children – including their Halal offer – and commitment to meet ‘Schools at Food for Life’ silver standard from the start of contract, made them the perfect partner for us to continue developing our catering service.”

The council is following a five-year business plan that seeks to establish it as a strong presence in the education catering sector, which is estimated to be worth £5 billion in 2020/21.

The council remains the largest school provider in the city with strong relationships with many local multi-academy trusts and stand-alone schools.

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