Catering Academy wins £18m in new contracts until 2017

Contract catering firm Catering Academy has revealed that it has a won a series of contracts worth £18 million.

The firm, which will be offering its services to these new contracts for the next three years, already had 50 north-west clients under its belt, such as the Manchester Science Parks and the University of Bolton. The 16 new contracts are set to begin this month, and this additional revenue will mean that the Academy's annual turnover will be lose to £35 million. This follows £5 million worth of business which was already secured in the first six months of 2013.

The new contract wins are mostly in the education sector, including Cambridge Regional College, Kingston Maurward College, Reading College and four brand new academy schools. These wins come after the firm finalised its senior management team earlier this year, with three regional operation directors being appointed: Clare Flanagan, North, Kevin Green, Midlands and Lesley Pekun, South.

Manchester-born founder director Kevin Cannon said: “Catering Academy has been able to consistently innovate and drive competitive solutions without compromising on the quality of our products, service and local support structures."

Catering Academy currently manages 140 contracts across the UK in the corporate, healthcare and education sectors. It is responsible in having created 1,500 hospitality jobs.

Mr Cannon added that the organisation's new craft team has created both an innovative and competitive menu, meaning that food rates have been slashed while also maintaining its high quality. He added that Catering Academy will continue to invest in raw materials and its infrastructure so that it can organically expand over the next few years.

Catering Academy was launched in 2004 by Mr Cannon and colleagues Louise Wymer and Stacey Rose.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry.