Norse Commercial Services scoops seven school catering deals

Norse Commercial Services catering division has recently started providing catering at seven Suffolk Primary Schools in a series of new contracts worth around £250k over the three-year agreements.

The seven new agreements, including three with large academies in Ipswich, will see Norse providing an average of 800 meals a day.

Clare Jordan, Norse’s Business Support Manager for Catering, said, “For some time we have been building relationships with academy trusts, head teachers and governors in Suffolk and are delighted to now be supplying some of the leading educational establishments in the county.

“Before the contracts began, we took a lot of time to introduce Norse catering to the parents and children by attending parents’ evenings and new intake evenings, as well as organising taster sessions at each school,” she added.

Jeremy Pentreath, Headteacher at The Oaks Primary School, Ipswich, said, “We have been delighted by all aspects of Norse's service. The transition for kitchen staff to new management and systems has been seamless and, most importantly, the quality of ingredients and meals are high. Thank you Norse.”

Terrance Isaac-Griffiths, Commercial Director at Norse, commented, “As well as our delicious menus and excellent quality ingredients, it was our passion and enthusiasm for feeding children great food that won us the contracts. We are absolutely delighted to be working with these Suffolk Schools and see this as a big step forward in our mission to become East Anglia’s first choice provider for school meals”

The company says that following the successful mobilisation of these new contracts it has already received a significant number of enquiries for further contracts ready for the new academic year in April 2016.

As part of the new arrangements, 21 members of staff transferred to Norse under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) TUPE regulations.