AIP SECURES MAJOR CONTRACT WITH SOUTH CROYDON SCHOOL ‘CLUSTER’
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We’re delighted to have secured significant business worth more than £4 million over three years for 15 schools based in south Croydon.

A mixture of primary, secondary and one special school, the contract provides new menus and a roll out of our ‘Food Smart’ primary school branding and ‘Feed Me’ branding at the secondary schools, all specifically tailored to the needs of each school. The contracts will be mobilised in early 2018.

The contract is another successful win for AiP in London and the South East of England, as part of a planned expansion in this area, consolidated last week by the company’s acquisition of Kent-based The Contract Dining Company.

AIP EXPANDS WITH KENT ACQUISITION
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Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has acquired a complementary business, The Contract Dining Company based in Kent, in a deal which will help it to expand its reach in the South East.

Based in Headcorn, near Maidstone, The Contract Dining Company was established in 2004 and provides catering services to 53 schools in Kent, delivering more than 8,000 meals a day.  With a 231-strong team, the business has grown to a turnover of £4m based on its ethos of only using high quality ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible, in its freshly prepared, healthy menus.  The Contract Dining Company management team, including founder Anne Winn, will remain with the company following the deal.

The company’s acquisition by AiP sees it join one of the largest education catering specialists in the UK.  Over the last 19 years, AiP has expanded from its Oldbury, West Midlands base to provide over 75,000 meals a day in primary and secondary schools and colleges nationwide.

Paul Rogers, managing director of AiP, explains: “The addition of The Contract Dining Company to the AiP family will enable us to further strengthen our presence in the South East, giving us a strong foothold in Kent following our recent contract wins in London.  There’s also a close cultural fit between the two businesses as we both share a focus on providing fresh, healthy and nutritious meals for schools.

“The combined group will now serve over 400 schools and colleges throughout the UK and will have combined sales of £33m, making us a major player in the education catering sector.”

This latest acquisition follows a multi-million-pound investment made by Leeds and London-based private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) in 2014 which also saw KCP partner Owen Trotter join the AiP board.  Over the last three years, KCP has played an active role in driving the company’s growth strategy.

Mr Trotter comments: “This latest development marks another key milestone in AiP’s continued expansion.  The business has already seen revenue grow by 120% since 2014 as its commitment to the provision of quality, freshly-cooked and nutritious meals for the education sector has chimed with public concerns.  As a firmly established leader in the field, the company is well-positioned to extend its offering across the UK.”

AIP MOBILISES THOUSANDS OF BRISTOL PRIMARY MEALS
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Bristol

The first week back after half term saw AiP mobilise five Bristol schools with nearly 2000 meals in a contract worth more than half a million pounds.

Previously held by Eden foodservice, AiP’s ‘Bristol cluster’ of schools consists of Colston Primary School, Christchurch C of E, Stoke Bishop C of E Primary School, Westbury on Trym Primary School and Bristol Hotwells Primary. All the schools have seen new menus, some with new salad carts and a roll out of the AiP’s primary school branding Food Smart which was specifically tailored to the needs of each school.

Sally Tyson, Key Client Director, The AiP Group of Companies said:

“We were delighted to have secured the business for these five Bristol Primary Schools. Mobilisation of all the schools on the first week back after October half term was superbly co-ordinated with the AIP team in the region, headed by Jenny Roberts, Business Director and the newly appointed dedicated manager for the cluster, Teresa Fenwick. Teresa has played a vital role throughout the mobilisation process ensuring that the schools were up and running smoothly with minimum interruption to the school day”.

FOOD CULTURE FOCUS AT NEW AIP CONTRACT AT ALLEYNE’S ACADEMY
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Alleynes Academy

Introducing students to different food cultures was part of the brief to AiP at new contract at Alleyne’s Academy, a thriving mixed 13-18-year-old high school in Stone Staffordshire.

As part of the new contract AiP is offering improved and varied menus at breakfast, lunch and morning break service as well as a separate 6th form offer with new food and coffee service. The school’s dining area will be expanded and a major re-branding featuring AiP’s new ‘Feed Me’ Secondary school identity will be incorporated throughout.

The contract also includes a ‘guest bar’ where live cooking demonstrations can take place. A Moroccan food day was held in early October to launch the guest bar in school.

A new Grab and Go outlet will be opened in the Academy’s forthcoming extension offering a range of sandwiches, baguettes, salad pots and fruit pots to the whole school.  The concept has been developed to ensure that students can have a healthy lunch to fit around their lunch time clubs and sporting activities.

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Feed Me

AiP has started on site this Autumn with several new contract wins.

Highlights include the brand-new Longford Park Primary Academy in Gloucester, part of the multi academy Gloucestershire Learning Alliance (GLA) and the Wyvern Federation, which encompasses four primary schools, including a centre for children with speech and language impairment and autism all based in London. All the schools in the Wyvern Federation were previously run by separate contract caterers.

At secondary level, new contract wins include the 1300 pupil Bishop Ramsey CE School in Ruislip and Hampton High, a 700-pupil strong, mixed secondary school in Hampton Surrey.  Both schools feature AiP’s new Feed Me Secondary school branding and at Bishops Ramsey, AiP is also operating a high-quality coffee offer in a snack bar outlet

Hampton High is part of the Richmond West Schools Trust, a multi academy trust that includes three other schools in the area. AiP has taken over the contract currently handled by the in-house team.

As part of the new contract at Hampton High, AiP has rationalised the current number of catering outlets within the school and re-configuring the service to deliver a more operational and cost-efficient contract.  AiP’s secondary school branding ‘Feed Me’ has been used in the main dining room and a new express grab & go outlet has been introduced.

Food Smart Branded Van
NEW FOOD SMART VAN HITS THE ROAD!
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Food Smart Branded Van

We’re delighted with our new Food Smart branded van!

AiP already has a fleet of vans used for the delivery of hot meals to primary schools but this is the first to feature our new colourful primary school branding. The van is based at St Mary’s Primary School in Bridgnorth, delivering meals to Worfield and Beckbury.

AIP LANDS PRESTIGIOUS LONDON PRIVATE SCHOOL CONTRACT
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AiP has boosted its private sector portfolio by securing the contract for London International Community School (ICS), impressing with its freshly cooked food offering and experience of meal delivery across different sites

 

Formerly run by a small local operator, ICS’ new French owners looked to AiP to improve catering standards to meet the expectations of the international children aged 3-18 years who attend the school and their discerning parents. A further challenge was distribution of meals across three sites when only two of the sites have kitchens as well as factoring in London traffic.  The school now has a branded meals delivery van and that all important central London parking permit!

 

AiP is now offering fresh, healthy and exciting menus for the main school throughout its 36-week year. This includes a light fruit-based snack for morning break and a two-choice lunch menu with a focus on nutritional content that also reflects global cuisines and flavours. AiP is also providing a mix of hot and packed lunches for the 250 students from across the world who attend the school’s successful English Language summer school.

AiP is now offering fresh, healthy and exciting menus for the main school throughout its 36-week year. This includes a light fruit-based snack for morning break and a two-choice lunch menu with a focus on nutritional content that also reflects global cuisines and flavours. AiP is also providing a mix of hot and packed lunches for the 250 students from across the world who attend the school’s successful English Language summer school.

SECURES SIGNIFICANT LONDON CONTRACTS AND SEES ENHANCED SALES
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As part of its continuing expansion in London and the South East, AiP has secured substantial contracts at Wanstead High School and Ilford County High and in London at Henry Fawcett Primary School in the Oval.
Awarded following a tough competitive tender process, students aged 11-18 years at Wanstead High School are now enjoying wholesome, freshly prepared food reflecting high street concepts and trends, adapted to give healthy and exciting food choices. The new-look food and environment at the school have resulted in a 20% increase in sales.
Wanstead High School’s catering team was supported and trained by the AiP Executive Chef Team, not only to ensure the delivery of new meal ideas, but to also ensure that the food offer met the School Food Plan and Silver Food for Life standards.
As well as offering new food concepts, the dining environment has also been given an overhaul and a new 6th form café introduced. The food court area has been re-branded with AIP’s ‘Feed Me’ theme, helping to lift the décor and enhance the atmosphere within the servery area. A new layout and fridge displays have been installed to enable students to be served quickly and efficiently, so reducing queuing times.
Ilford County High catering also features AIP’s ‘Feed Me’ secondary school branding, completely upgrading the look of the servery and dining area. Multi deck refrigeration units have been added to improve and ease the flow of service, so helping to speed up waiting times.
Students at Ilford County High have responded well to the new food which emulates high street trends but with a health twist and AiP has seen sales increase in the first month alone by 16%. A new Sixth Form area and Grab and Go outlet will be opened for the new school year in September 2017 to give students additional outlets and choice.
A busy primary school in The Oval area of London, the AiP contract at Henry Fawcett Primary School commenced in April 2017.
AiP has engaged a new Chef Manager to raise the quality of the meals. Working to the Silver Food for Life Standards, a three-choice menu which includes a full daily salad bar, a three choice dessert option and homemade freshly baked bread everyday has been introduced.