The UK’s largest caterer Compass Group has announced new measures in recognition of its frontline employees, many of which are providing important services within hospital environments.
The company has workers in NHS hospitals, including the temporary Nightingale Hospital in the London ExCeL, as well as in the wider public sector national infrastructure.
Compass has announced a number of changes during the crisis, including placing workers at supermarkets to help the effort, redirecting its supply chain to help other frontline workers, and also making monetary donations where it sees fit.
Robin Mills, managing director Compass Group UK and Ireland, commented: “Across the UK, Compass employees are playing an invaluable role in the country’s battle against coronavirus, ensuring NHS patients and staff are fed and their wards are kept clean, and supporting key workers in the education, defence and infrastructure sectors.
“I am enormously proud of them and want to thank them for the incredible dedication they are showing in unprecedented circumstances. As a business we are doing everything we can to support the national effort.”
Compass said nearly 8,000 staff in roles supporting the NHS will be rewarded with bonuses of between 8% and 17%, while its procurement arm Foodbuy is providing 10,000 free food boxes for collection by frontline employees.
It is also donating £500,000 of food to Fareshare, and continuing its support of local foodbanks and other charities.