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21 August 2008

Independent contract caterers 7 Day Catering have been awarded a five year contract by Stroud College in Gloucestershire (SCG) to manage the catering and hospitality services at their main campus.

Facilities include a light and airy cafeteria, extensive shop and attractive patio eating area outside for use in the summer months. 7 Day Catering provides a wide range of hot and cold snacks, meals and beverages, including vegetarian and healthy eating choices for students and staff, as well as providing working lunches, buffets for training events and governor lunches.

The contract, which has a turnover of around £215,000, will be operated initially by a team of six 7 Day Catering staff. 7 Day will also clean and fill four vending machines, and the busy team will be required to deliver the services to an extremely high standard.

Stroud’s new £18m college, which currently has over 1,000 full time and 2,500 part time students, was officially opened in July 2007. The college offers an extensive range of courses to a wide variety of learners with students ranging from 14 year-olds experiencing their first taste of college life, to mature students looking for a new challenge.

7 Day Catering undertook a competitive tender exercise and one of the key reasons that SCG chose them was that they demonstrated a really good understanding of the college’s requirements.

Andrew Clare, deputy principal and director of finance at SCG explains: “The 7 Day Catering team appeared to be a close cultural match for SCG from the outset and their site visit and documentation supported this. Healthy living food and Fairtrade products featured heavily on our wish list and 7 Day Catering was quick to offer solutions to both.”

7 Day Catering is now in its twelfth year in business, and sales and marketing director Mark Johnson says he has been keen to grow the further education side of the company.

He added: "We feel exceptionally fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a client such as SCG. The building and facilities are stunning; it really is state of the art, with recording studios, hair and beauty salons, and a performing arts theatre. It gives us a great platform to provide truly inspiring culinary delights.

“Our experience in the further education arena has shown us that choice is the key to operating a successful catering service. By reflecting what’s happening in the high street, with coffee culture, and deli styles, we keep things on trend and tempting to the customer. Encouraging students to eat a wide ranging and healthier diet can seem a challenge, but by offering balanced and varied meals, mixed with bright and innovative marketing techniques means there’s something for everyone.”

7 Day Catering is based in Tamworth, Staffordshire, founded in 1997, they are the UK's leading independent contract catering company with 1,100 staff, serving the UK with over 150 clients in the business, industry and high education sectors. The management team is headed by Mark Boothright, chairman, with Henry Watts, managing director; David Griffiths, operations director; Mark Johnson, sales director; and Debbie Taylor, regional operations director.

Services include:
 Complete catering packages
 Traditional counter restaurants
 Menu planning
 Restaurant design
 Operational support
 Finance
 Automated vending service
 Recruitment
 Hygiene services

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