2 October 2017

University-wide catering contract signed with Compass

Compass Group has been appointed under a major new contract to work in partnership with the University to provide catering services to 23 cafes and restaurants, as well as providing event catering and hospitality. The contract will be managed by the FM and University Purchasing teams. It took effect on 2 October and will bring an annual benefit of £1.25 million to the University over ten years.

The contract was awarded after a comprehensive, robust tender process, with a number of departments consulted. It offers significant service, sustainability, financial, and compliance benefits. It will also provide departments that opt to use the service with catering that has a consistently high-quality identity and character, while also enabling them to tailor the service to suit their own particular requirements. A key objective was to deliver value for money by moving away from the previous use of a variety of contractors which have offered varying standards of service and food quality while increasing total management and operational costs.

There will be a focus on healthy eating and sustainability, with a commitment to achieve Food for Life accreditation. Work on sustainable food will include an increase in meat-free choices and a focus on local suppliers, and will continue to evolve over the term of the contract, in close collaboration with Environmental Sustainability colleagues. As part of the contract, funds are available to refurbish many of the existing facilities and create inviting social hub spaces in consultation with departments. There also will be quick and easy ways to buy food, such as through click-and-collect or cashless payments.