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Compass sets direction in education

02 September 2011

Compass Group UK & Ireland has continued its strategy to expand its services in the public sector with the acquisition of Cygnet Catering, a specialist provider of school meals to the state education sector.

Ian Sarson, Group Managing Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “I am delighted to bring Cygnet Catering into the Compass portfolio. Its diverse contract base, mix of offers, production infrastructure and national distribution capability are an ideal match for our Compass business. At a time when the public sector is experiencing increasing budgetary pressures, this acquisition allows us the opportunity to offer Local Authorities (LAs) a proven cost saving solution and deliver our health and wellbeing promise to provide quality controlled, nutritionally balanced meals to our primary school business.”

Cygnet Catering holds significant long term relationships with five LAs and a number of additional primary schools that make up a portfolio of over 450 schools across England. It operates throughout England, supported by a central production facility in Nottingham where nutritionally controlled meals are prepared in line with the Government’s health and wellbeing guidelines and delivered to each school. Services are tailored to the client’s individual needs; whether delivered for cooking on site under the brand name of ‘Simplicity’, delivered to site hot for immediate service or cooked fresh in school kitchens.

Jim Cartwright, Managing Director of Cygnet Catering, said: “We are delighted to be working with Compass. Its business culture is very similar to Cygnet Catering, which makes it an ideal fit. Compass understands the education sector and has the expertise and specialist support to drive our business forward.”

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