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University of Northampton Appoints CH&Co as
New Catering Partner
C
H&Co Group has been
awarded the catering and
hospitality contract for the
University
of
Northampton,
strengthening
the
independent
catering and hospitality group’s
position in the higher education
sector.
The three-year contract is worth over
£12million in turnover over the duration
of the contract.
The University of Northampton, which
has approximately 13,000 students, was
the first UK university to be given
Changemaker Campus status in 2013
in recognition of its work to help people
and/or the environment. As a leader in
social innovation, it is opening a vibrant
new campus, Waterside, in August
2018. CH&Co will partner the university
to help bring its vision to life through a
bespoke approach to catering and a
sustainability focus.
CH&Co is providing catering and
hospitality services at the food and drink
outlets on the original campuses,
extending to the new facilities on
Waterside Campus from August. The
catering portfolio features nine outlets,
including restaurants, cafés, hospitality
services, vending and all soft services
at a 32-bed hotel, which provides a live
training venue for hospitality and tourism
students. CH&Co will also refurbish
Newton Café on Avenue Campus to
bring it up to the high standards of the
new facilities.
In a competitive tender, CH&Co stood
out for its tailored offer that aligns with
the university’s social impact initiatives
and reflects its objective to engage with
students and enhance their overall
university experience through every
touchpoint.
CH&Co’s extensive
expertise and proven adaptability in
large-scale retail catering, appealing
menus that encourage healthy and
sustainable choices, on-trend food
concepts, and innovative sustainability
initiatives shone through and secured
the partnership.
The partnership has established a threeyear sustainability plan that includes:
initiatives to significantly reduce singleuse plastics, such as removing plastic
straws and giving every student a
reusable cup; maximising all possible
recycling opportunities, such as food
waste, coffee grounds, disposable cups
and effective waste sorting; using
electric vehicles on campus; responsible
sourcing that supports local suppliers
and producers; and proactively
promoting healthy and sustainable meal
choices.
Charles
Willoughby,
Business
Development Director for CH&Co
Group, said: “We’re very excited to be
working with the University of
Northampton. The new partnership
strengthens our position in the higher
education market, and we certainly
mean business! The university is a
dynamic, inclusive and forward-thinking
establishment that really resonates with
our own culture. Quite rightly, we’ve
created a bespoke catering and
hospitality offer that reflects its
innovative vision and sustainability focus
and will enhance the students’ university
experiences.
Every university is
different, both physically and culturally.
There really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’
approach for this market and as we
continue to grow our footprint in the
higher education sector, we will do so
with relevant individual offers and strong
partnerships.”
Robert Griggs, the University of
Northampton’s Project Director, said:
“The University of Northampton is
looking to maximise the opportunities
that will arise from our new campus
development and we’re very pleased
that CH&Co is on board. The team
understands our vision and plans and
its strong retail experience will be very
helpful in ensuring that our model works
and that our students receive a positive
and thoughtful experience at every
catering and hospitality touchpoint.
“The partnership so far has been very
positive. The team has integrated
seamlessly and the TUPE process is
excellent. The incumbent staff have
received training, even before the
contract began, and everyone has
access to CH&Co’s great learning and
development programmes to progress
their careers. We look forward to
working in close partnership with
CH&Co in making our catering and
hospitality services very successful.”
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