Independents by Sodexo has announced that it has successfully retained the catering and hospitality contract with Clifton College in Bristol for a further five years, with the deal valued at £2.5 million.
Independents by Sodexo will continue to provide meals for the 1,255 students at the college, with a new menu ready to be implemented when they return in September for the start of the next academic year.
The new menu has been developed to further encourage the adoption of a healthy, sustainable diet and has been designed to spark a genuine interest in the food they are eating, the company said.
Steve Hawkins, managing director for schools for Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “The retention of this contract is testament to the strong relationship our team has developed with the College. We have placed an emphasis on continuous improvement and innovation within the contract particularly in the area of the hospitality offer which will help the College realise its commercial objectives in generating revenue from external events and functions which the College can reinvest for the benefit of its students.”
Upper school pupils dine in the college’s main catering building, called Big School Kitchen, which is also used by boarders for breakfast and supper, while pre-school, prep pupils and nursery for those aged three months old to three years old have their own dining hall in the Bretton Memorial Hall, and sixth formers have the Language café and Crypt for their use only.
Sodexo was first awarded the contract in 2017 and will also continue to provide catering at the college’s events, and hospitality packages for various external functions held at the college.
The demand for hospitality has increased at the college and Sodexo now has a dedicated hospitality manager with a team of three to deliver menus for the range of events held there.
A new hospitality booking system has also been installed at the college and there are plans to introduce mobile solutions for use at its many events, which include catering for music concerts, open days, parents’ evenings, house suppers, Headmasters’ VIP lunches, dinners, weddings and memorial services.
Clifton College, established in 1862, teaches pupils up to the age of 18 and has 389 boarders staying on site.