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- Takes Innovate’s contract renewal tally up to ten consecutive renewals since the start of 2012 -

Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead and The Misbourne Arts & Technology College in Great Missenden have renewed their catering contracts with Innovate Services, making it ten consecutive contract-wins for the innovative catering operator since the start of the new year.

Furze Platt, a co-educational mixed community school for 11 – 18 year olds, renewed its contract following positive feedback from pupils, staff and parents. “We like the food, the service, its value for money and the fact that Innovate is always coming up with new ideas. For example, the new Simply Fantastico range of pasta dishes that have been designed by Gino D’Acampo are now available in the café and are very popular,” commented Lesley Peat, Business Manager for Furze Platt Senior School.

The Misbourne has been “extremely happy” with Innovate’s café-style catering model that came on-board five years ago and so opted to renew the contract, as well as introduce a biometric cashless system, explained Debbie Grimsdale, School Business Manager at Misbourne School. The school has signed up for an additional five years with Innovate as a result.

Furze Platt uses Innovate’s biometric system, but some children still bring in cash. Since Easter all cash is now entered onto the biometric system in the morning. “We want to move across to entirely cashless, but in the interim we are adopting this approach, so that parents know money is being spent on school meals,” explained Lesley Peat.

Free School Meals are also administered via Innovate’s biometric system at Furze Platt. Each eligible student is therefore able to select their lunch and then check-out with all other students, making the process seamless. To make this even easier, Innovate has created the ‘iClub, which offers ‘meal deals’ on a range of foods and drinks for a set price, which is the same as the Free School Meal allocation. “This works extremely well as the students can’t be identified as someone redeeming a Free School Meal, it’s easy for them to select the food they want without exceeding the allocated meal cost, plus parents can track what their children have been eating online,” Lesley Peat said.

The Misbourne School currently offers both a cashless and cash till in the cafe. Parents can also send in a cheque or top up cards online. But the school is looking to move to a totally cashless biometric system from Innovate. “With a cashless system parents know that the money has been spent on school meals, and not on the way to and from school. Parents also like the fact that they can check on what their children have eaten that day online,” Debbie Grimsdale said.

Children eligible for free school meals at The Misbourne are able to use the cashless system to make their purchases in the school Café. “This works extremely well as it avoids any social stigma, as the transaction is managed via the cashless card and so are anonymous,” concludes Debbie Grimsdale.

Adds Derick Martin, CEO and co-founder, Innovate Services: “To achieve our tenth consecutive contract renewal is a fantastic achievement and I am very proud of the team for working closely with all our schools, academies and colleges to create a catering service that meets their individual wants and needs. We don’t provide a one-size-fits-all service but instead work with each school’s leadership team and students to design a service that fits with their requirements, and will ultimately be enjoyed by all those that use it.”

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Notes to Editors:

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Editorial notes on schools:

Furze Platt Senior School is a specialist in mathematics and computing. It draws its 1,200 pupils from across Maidenhead, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

The Misbourne School specialises in arts and technology and has 1,100 pupils. The Misbourne serves the village of Great Missenden and surrounding villages.

About Innovate Services Ltd:

Innovate Services Ltd established in 2007 to offer an exciting new approach to catering in schools, academies and colleges, driven by a goal to inspire students with a blend of healthy eating and an inviting space in which they enjoy spending their time.

Innovate, in partnership with education business managers, head-teachers, staff and students, turns old, drab canteens into modern, vibrant multi-functional spaces that bring a new heart to the school or college. The team focuses on creating great food, which is healthy and importantly what students want to eat. Innovate reduces queues and greatly expands choice and availability and the results speak for themselves, with many schools, academies and colleges doubling meal uptake.

Innovate provides a modern catering service, while delivering a host of value-added services and curriculum support initiatives.

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Editor’s Contact:

Peppa Sheridan
Peptalk Communications
01787 313822

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