Midlands-based school caterers, Educaterers, have brought the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) ‘Business of the Year’ Award home to Warwickshire.
The Business of the Year award recognises catering teams or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to catering for schools in their local area and who continue to make a real difference to education catering.
The LACA Awards, which reward good management, strong performances and high achievements, were announced at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 11th July, with members of the Educaterers team picking up the award.
A big focus for Educaterers is making sure that staff are given recognition for good work. Over the past 18 months, they have been winning new contracts, including two from outside their Warwickshire base, in Oxford and Birmingham. Educaterers provides some 125,000 school meals a week to over 200 schools.
Terry Tredget, Director of Educaterers, said: “This is a great achievement for us and clearly shows our presence in the school catering market place continues to gain momentum. It recognises the excellent service and food offered to schools by our catering teams across Warwickshire and beyond.”
There have also been three Educaterers centres of excellence established at three individual schools in Warwickshire, in a secondary, junior and infant school, to further improve the cookery skills of Educaterers’ staff.
Over 75% of what Educaterers put on school dinner plates is homemade. The centres of excellence allow Educaterers to train both new and existing employees, as well as test new ideas in service and menu development.
Eleven Educaterers employees from across Warwickshire have just passed the first Culinary Skills course to be run at their new Centre of Excellence at Boughton Leigh Junior School in Rugby.