Sodexo wins £300m catering contract

New catering recruitment opportunities could be in the pipeline at facilities management firm Sodexo following the news it has won a new £300 million contract with oil and gas exploration company Talisman Energy.

The five-year contract will see the firm responsible for catering as well as a host of other services at 11 offshore installations in the North Sea, as well as

Talisman's Flotta terminal, Aberdeen office premises and the Gyda installation off the Norwegian coast.

Sodexo, which has been the incumbent on Talisman over the past eight years as well as holding the Flotta contract for more than 30 years, won the contract following an extensive competitive tender process.

Geoff Holmes, senior vice-president at Talisman Energy UK, said: "In evaluating the tenders, what stood out for the team was Sodexo's shared commitment in creating the best place to work and in supporting a safety culture at Talisman with their flexibility, innovation and service improvements."

Sodexo also revealed that the deal will help secure around 300 jobs at the company.

Lindsay Tocher, Sodexo’s chief operating officer for global offshore and marine operations, commented: "In the last three years we have achieved 100 per cent client retention, working closely with our existing clients to develop unique solutions to support the long-term sustainability of their business.

"This reflects well on the great job done by our people who always rise to the challenge of continuous improvement."

The announcement follows the recent news that Sodexo, which employs 35,000 people in the UK and Ireland, has been awarded a certificate of commendation by London Food Link, part of the food campaign group Sustain, recognising its commitment to sustainably sourced food.

The company was praised for its use of Fairtrade products, record on animal welfare, support of British farming and use of sustainable fish along Marine Stewardship Council guidelines throughout its catering operations.

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