Producing in excess of 45,000 fresh meals every day is no mean feat and as a responsible company, we go to great lengths to ensure we keep the environmental effects of creating this number of meals to a minimum.
For the first company-wide Planet Matters Day, our teams embraced the opportunity to highlight some of the intiatives we undertake on a daily basis to help look after our planet.
From introducing wormeries to planting vegetables, teams across our sites also conducted assemblies, created sculptures from recycled food tins and dressed up to celebrate World Enviornment Day.
Visit our Planet Matters Day 2013 web page to find out more about the the activities undertaken on the day.
Planet Matters is Brookwood’s employee led Corporate Social Responsibility Programme with activities around waste management, recycling, energy efficiency and transportation strategies to help minimise our carbon footprint.
This purchase will see our company grow by an additional 25 contracts, our workforce increase to 1,320 people and an expected turnover for 2013/14 exceeding £40m.
Our recent strategic expansion plans in the North has already seen us secure the catering contract for Greenbank School in Cheadle Hulme. This latest development will establish Brookwood as a national education caterer.
“This represents a wonderful acquisition and an opportunity for both businesses to grow together. Graysons Education is a successful national business that has grown each year since formation. We are delighted to have them on board.” Sue Parfett, Managing Partner
Graysons, which was formed in 2008, has developed its contracts through business and industry, event catering as well as education. Graysons management recently took the decision to concentrate their focus on the other areas and so sought a suitable business to look after their valued education clients.
With our vision and values, and particularly our focus on food, fits very closely with that of Graysons so the integration will be very smooth and uncomplicated. For the immediate future we will operate Graysons Education as a separate company.
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At Brookwood, the provision of water encompasses both our Planet Matters™ and Eating For Life programmes. With a strong commitment to ensuring the pupils we serve adopt a healthy diet, we encourage the consumption of water over and above all other drinks. In providing 45,500 fresh meals a day, means we need to provide a high volume of liquid refreshment as well.
The amount of bottled water we provide in an average year equates to almost 98,716 litres, which is enough water to fill a bath every day. Therefore, as a socially responsible company, our bottled water is purchased via Life Water which, in turn supports the charity Drop4Drop. As a result we have directly funded the construction of a drinking well in India, providing clean water for over 1,000 people in the community of Pedduru - youtu.be/mdTW7oSBlKc.
In addition, having already raised more than £86,000 to help build and equip a school in rural Uganda (with the charity Build Africa) our employees will continue to fundraise throughout 2013 to construct a bore hole in the school grounds. This bore hole will provide much needed water for both the children, whilst at school, and the wider community.
Our relationship with water doesn’t stop there, as the numerous hospitality we cater for, increases the need to provide additional water. Therefore to help reduce the environmental impact of this activity, we launched ‘Brookwood Tap’ in April 2012. Our resuable glass bottles are used during all events rather than bought in bottled water. As a result, we have reduced the amount of bought in water by 4.1% in less than a year. Taking into account the recent business growth of 13% and comparable months, the true reduction would actually be nearer 28% less plastic bottles since the introduction of ‘Brookwood Tap’.
"We are fully aware of the environmental impact that comes from producing 45,500 fresh meals a day. It is for this very reason that, together with our employees, we developed our Planet Matters™ programme. We are also very proud to be supporting Drop4Drop and Build Africa to enable thousands of people to have access to something we in the UK often take for granted – water”. Kate Martin, Managing Partner
To celebrate and raise awareness of our environmental programme, we have launched The Brookwood Planet Matters™ Day, supporting World Environment Day on Wednesday 5th June.
Funds raised by our employees have enabled the construction of a primary school in rural Uganda, trained a group of young people in Leeds in the skills to gain a career in hospitality and helped provide breakfast for primary school children in the UK. In 2013, employees are set to continue to ‘give something back’ and will be undertaking even more fundraising activities for our chosen charities – Magic Breakfast, Springboard and Build Africa.
Support of Magic Breakfast will help the charity set up breakfast clubs to primary school children living in deprived areas of the UK. Specifically, we will ensure these children get the necessary fuel they need in the morning to set them up for a day of learning.
One of the few growing industries in the country, and with a high level of youth unemployment, we will continue to support the hospitality charity Springboard. Funds raised during the year will help a group of young unemployed or disadvantaged people find a career in the sector.
With the classrooms now built at Bunyama Primary School in Uganda, our continued support of Build Africa will see the charity construct a borehole in the school grounds to help provide a much needed water source for the pupils, teachers and wider community.
Over the last 5 years, employees have abseiled down the Lancaster Hotel in London, skydived from 12,000 ft, completed hundreds of marathons and have used their culinary skills for a variety of fundraising events.
“Every employee has really embraced our Planet Matters™ programme and they go to great lengths to raise funds for charity. I am really proud that through their activities and generosity we have raised £100k which has made a real difference to the lives of so many people. Choosing which charities to support is always difficult. We want the team to be able to see where their funds have been used. This awareness helps everyone realise that by taking action today, we will leave a lasting legacy for so many young people in the future.” Kate Martin, Managing Partner.