Register
 (photo: )
17.08.2020, 10:29

UK Caterers Join Forces to Support Former Employees

Catering, Corporate Social Responsibility, United Kingdom

More than 20 companies and individuals from the food service sector have partnered to launch 'Food Service Circle' (FSC) in support of former employees who are suffering under the economic fallout from COVID-19.

 

With reduced building occupancy a major concern for businesses, approximately 20% of the workforce are expected to be made redundant or face significantly reduced hours. 

 

As a result, the industry has come together to create a support network to allow them to stay connected, and continue to develop their skills and knowledge as they seek new employment.   

 

The FSC platform will act as a one-stop shop for all former team members; offering free training, counsel, advice and job opportunities.

 

Every week, the platform will house webinars and guidance for those seeking employment, with topics including CV writing, how to make the most of social media, the latest health and safety developments, and how to search for the right role.  

 

Leaders from each of the companies involved will also host insight sessions to update job seekers on the latest developments within their own business and the wider sector. 

 

The food service sector is a major contributor to the hospitality sector, and the wider UK economy. According to the latest UKHospitality Food Service Management Market Report published in 2019, the UK’s FSM sector had a collective turnover of £10.9billion, employing more than 293,000. 

 

The FSC collaboration is an initiative created by the UKHospitality’s Foodservice Forum, where leading contract catering businesses from across the foodservice sector regularly meet to discuss issues affecting the industry. 

 

During the COVID-19 crisis, these businesses have worked closely to feed into UKHospitality’s guidance to Government.

 

The companies involved in FSC include ABM Catering, Amadeus, Aramark, Artizian, Bartlett Mitchell, BaxterStorey, Blue Apple, Celtic Catering, Churchill, CH&Co, Compass Group, Elior, Genuine Dining Co, Graysons, Harrison, Houston and Hawkes, Lexington, OCS, Sodexo, Susa Comms and Vacherin.

 

Wendy Bartlett, founder of Bartlett Mitchell and board member of UKHospitality, says: "It has been heart-breaking to see how the pandemic has impacted some of the incredibly talented and loyal team members across all of our organisations. 

 

"We all have a real sense of duty to the people who have worked so hard to make our businesses the successes they have been, that’s why it was important for all of us to create this cohesive support network. I must credit my competitors for coming together in this crisis to support our industry.”

 

Noel Mahony, co-chief executive, BaxterStorey, adds: As we start the process of rebuilding our businesses, it is incumbent on all of us to support those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. 


"Having witnessed the success of collaboration through UK Hospitality, it was clear to me that we should come together as a sector to deploy all of our resources to support those out of work."

 

 

Article rating:

vote data

Leave a reply

(L to R): Steve Parr, managing director and Phillip McGee, operations director, Parr Facilities Management, at the newly opened store. (photo: Parr Facilities Management)
News Editor  - 05.05.2021

Supporting Home Bargains in Northern Ireland

Belfast-based Parr Facilities Management is delivering fit out works and FM support at a newly opened 30,000SF Home Bargains store location in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

 (photo: )
News Editor  - 28.04.2021

Team HARD BTCC Racing Sponsorship

Life safety business Evolution is sponsoring Team HARD Racing CUPRA Leon sports cars in this year's Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

 (photo: Compass Group UK & Ireland)
News Editor  - 18.12.2020

Providing 20,000 Meals to Those in Need

The Wimbledon Foundation has extended its support for organisations addressing food poverty at Christmas and beyond as part of its response to COVID-19.

 (photo: CPD Global)
News Editor  - 18.12.2020

Ecolab Named to CDP A Lists

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has added Ecolab to its A List for Climate, as well as Water Security.

 (photo: Bodet SA)
News Editor  - 17.12.2020

Enhancing Home Worker Visibility

Bodet have extended the coverage of the Kelio time and attendance software solution to staff working at home.