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Sodexo takes catering deal with Bright Futures Educational Trust

Sodexo has been awarded the schools meal contract covering all 12 schools in the Bright Futures Educational Trust portfolio.

The £5 million deal, which is for three years with the option to extend a further two will see Sodexo deliver its Food & Co school meals offer at the Trust’s three secondary, two SEN and seven primary schools. The schools are situated in Greater Manchester and Blackpool.

This is the first time the Trust has chosen one provider. Sodexo was the incumbent caterer for the past 10 years at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

Steve Hawkins, MD for schools, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted that the Trust has chosen Sodexo to provide school meals across all 12 of its schools. Our team at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls have done an outstanding job over the last 10 years and it is their commitment to delivering service excellence combined with our great fresh food offer that has enabled us to win this sought-after contract.
“We are already welcoming our new colleagues to our team. There is a staggered roll out with eight schools mobilised since 1 September with the remaining four scheduled to go live at the end of the first half term.”

The Trust chose Sodexo due to its innovative and flexible Food & Co offer which was taste-tested by more than 20 students from Blackpool and Manchester as part of the tender process. At all schools Sodexo will be transforming the dining halls with input from the students through its Agents for Change programme which is an important element of its Food & Co offer.

Anna Sharpley, Director of Business & Commercial Finance, Bright Futures Educational Trust said: “Sodexo demonstrated throughout the tender process their commitment to provide healthy, nutritious meals that young people enjoy and whilst doing so minimising the impact food services has an on the environment through its actions to tackle food waste and through its approach to social impact. It is this commitment, and very successful taste tests with our students, that make Sodexo our partner of choice.

“We are both committed to the approach that in everything we do, we are accountable to the children, families and communities that we serve. At Bright Futures we are big on mental and physical health and wellbeing. The provision of interesting, nutritious, and tasty meals is so important for our children. We are looking forward to seeing all our dining halls revamped with Sodexo’s colourful Food & Co designs and seeing our students benefit from the healthy, balanced and popular food that the Sodexo teams will deliver.”

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