Chartwells Independent strengthens Northern presence with new contract wins

Chartwells Independent Release 27.05.22

At Chartwells Independent, our unrelenting focus on quality, simple, and delicious food has seen us strengthen our Northern presence, with two new contract wins to operate the catering at Hunter Hall, Cumbria, and Abbey Gate College, just outside Chester.

The addition of these new schools, which began in January and April respectively, clearly demonstrates our appetite to continue growing our presence in the market. Both Hunter Hall and Abbey Gate College applauded the quality of our food offer, determined by our Executive Chef Rob Kennedy, which is centred around the principles of quality, simple and delicious food.

Sustainability and engaging educational sessions were also pivotal parts of both proposals, with our focus on the use of regional suppliers and the delivery of our award-winning Beyond The Chartwells Kitchen programme striking a positive note with both schools.

Furthermore, to support with pupils’ understanding of the seed to plate journey, we will also be introducing a new kitchen garden at Abbey Gate College.

The Bursar at Abbey Gate College said: “We were aware of Chartwells Independent’s reputation for delivering high quality food, which was part of the reason we initially approached the business. Upon learning about their drive for engaging and educating pupils about the food system, as well as championing a sustainable agenda, and supporting local suppliers, we knew we’d found a partner that shared our values. We can’t wait to get the kitchen garden up and running and see pupils with happy faces and empty plates.”

Noelle Jones, Managing Director, Chartwells Independent, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with these quality schools who share our core values. Since emerging from the pandemic, we have focused internally on driving the food quality across our business and creating a culture of excellence. This focus has driven standards and we’re now poised for growth as we look to bring nutritious and delicious food to more pupils across the UK.”

Mrs Donna Vinsome, Headteacher, Hunter Hall, added: “Since moving to Chartwells in January we have been very impressed with their professionalism and level of support and commitment to offering healthier choices. The children are excited about what is on offer each day and the way the food is presented to them makes it tempting for them to try something they may otherwise not have eaten in the past.”