Do we keep our current kitchen team?
Yes under employment law your staff must be offered to TUPE over.
What happens to my kitchen?
In almost all Local Authorities this is recognised as part of the school’s estate and remains with the school. Please contact us if you have any issues around this.
Can I run my own three quote Best Value tender?
If you are doing under 400 meals per day then it is very easy for you to run your own best value tender. See our downloadable document in the ‘Changing Your Provider’ section.
How long should I make my catering contract?
We recommend a year with a terms cancellation thereafter to avoid being tied up in a lengthy contract and to keep the caterer from complacency.
How much notice do I need to give a new provider?
Best Practice for TUPE is 6 weeks so 8 weeks is advisable to ensure a smooth transition.
Is the school responsible for TUPE?
No, unless you operate your own in house service. Under employment law it is the responsibility of the incumbent employer and the new employer.
Does it cost the school anything to change provider?
No, most caterers operate from a modest meal price with no management fee or SLA.
Who decides on plates vs flight trays?
The school decides and the caterer uses whatever they are provided.
Whether you are looking at a new provider for your school meals service, an existing school office or a parent or pupil that would like to speak to a member of our team, we would like to hear from you.