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Top of the Class

It was a double celebration for CH&Co Group at last night’s EDUcatering Excellence Awards 2017.

Congratulations to Rachel Willocks of ABsolutely Catering who scooped the Newcomer of the Year Award for the great impact she is having in her new role as Craft Trainer. Having already embedded an online ordering system across eight primary schools in Liverpool, improved engagement with pupils and parents, and increased meal numbers in one school by 17.5%, she’s got a bright future!

And, the Contract Caterer of the Year Awards goes to… The Brookwood Partnership! A fantastic result for the entire team in its 21st anniversary year. Its pioneering approach in the education catering sector, which has seen it make much-needed change to eating in schools by putting fresh food back on the menu and skilled chefs in the kitchen, has received deserved recognition.

The EDUcatering Excellence Awards recognise outstanding individuals and teams that have excelled within the school meals sector. Rachel and the Brookwood team received their awards at a special event on Tuesday 10 October at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.


Rob Burden shines brightly!

Congratulations to Rob Burden, one of CH&Co Group's HR business partners, who won the Rising Star Award at the HR in Hospitality Awards 2017.

The 24-year-old, dedicated HR professional has achieved a lot in his career so far and had a great impact on the business since joining in March 2016. The judges described Rob’s entry as 'impressive' with a clear passion for HR, and spotlighted him as 'one to look out for' in the future. And, they're not wrong.

As HR business partner, Rob provides support for 1900 CH&Co Group employees working across 76 sites in London, including corporate city offices and well-known visitor attractions such as ZSL London Zoo and the Tower of London. He provides on the ground training and advice, as well as strategic planning to generate positive results.

The CIPD Post Graduate, who is on the CH&Co Group leadership programme, is also a TUPE specialist, proficient in talent spotting and succession planning, and has harnessed technology to enhance recruitment initiatives.

In addition to the 'day job', Rob champions the industry as a great career option through his work with the CIPD's Enterprise Advisor Scheme, which gives schools guidance on creating work experience programmes; his role as a Springboard Ambassador; his involvement with The Princes Trust Get Hired! events, which have seen him place four candidates in stable employment; and as a committee member for HR in Hospitality.

Alison Gilbert, Group HR Director, CH&Co Group said: "Huge congratulations to Rob! He absolutely deserves this award. To have his level of responsibility and thrive under it is a huge achievement for someone of his age, as is his CIPD Post Graduate qualification. He's introduced successful HR initiatives that we've gone on to adopt across the group, and the work that he does outside of his day job is testament to his dedication to HR and the hospitality industry. He certainly has a bright future ahead!"

Rob received his award at the HR in Hospitality Awards event on Friday 29 September. HR in Hospitality is a networking group for members of the HR profession within the hospitality industry.


Rum & Sugar’s award-winning menu

Congratulations to the team at the Rum & Sugar. It’s mouth-watering, Caribbean-influenced menu scooped the Menu of the Year award at the SLC (Sport & Leisure Catering) Awards 2017.

The SLC Awards spotlight caterers taking food and beverage to new heights across the UK’s visitor attractions and sport arenas. Rum & Sugar’s menu, which was introduced earlier this year as part of the rum bar and restaurant’s tropical makeover, certainly caught the judge’s attention.

Joe Bill, the editor of Sport & Leisure Catering magazine, said: “The judging panel was impressed with how well the Rum & Sugar menu reflects the host venue and its history. Being able to offer themed food that both caters for daytime tourists at the museum, while also satisfying the locals heading to the bar in the evening, is no easy skill. By creating a genuine destination F&B concept in a sports and leisure venue, Rum & Sugar has demonstrated what can be achieved when high quality food and drink harnesses the narrative of its surroundings."

The Rum & Sugar team collected the award, in front of 200 industry colleagues, at the award ceremony at BAFTA London on Tuesday 12 September.