Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top award for Council catering

North Ayrshire Council’s Catering Team has shown it is the cream of the crop by scooping a top UK award...again.

The Council’s Facilities Management Caterin Team was last week named the Local Authority Caterer of the Year at the annual EDUcatering awards.  Staff were also shortlisted for the Corporate Social Responsibility award and Ken Campbell, Facilities Manager, reached the final three in the category of Newcomer of the Year.

A Council spokesperson said, “An EDUcatering award is the prestigious accolade for top achievers and is one of the most sought-after merits in the UK’s school meals industry.

“Local Authority Caterer of the Year is given to the council that has made significant progress or advancement in the education sector by introducing new concepts, people development and showing growth in the sector due to an innovative and professional approach to school catering.

Through collaborative working with partners and stakeholders, as well as engaging with the local community, the Council’s Catering Team has introduced a number of successful initiatives, including the hub and spoke school catering operation; extensive involvement in the Council’s modern apprentice programme; and a holiday time school meal service.”

SNP Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, Cllr Tony Gurney, noted, “I am delighted to see our Catering Team once again being recognised as the shining light in the catering industry.  To be shortlisted in three diverse categories highlights the tremendous quality the team delivers right across the board.”

The councillor for Ardrossan & Arran commented, “Reaching the final of three categories is a success in itself.  However, being named as Local Authority of the Year is on a whole other level.”

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