Distributors excel in Sheffield schools

Taylor Shaw is a successful and fast-growing provider of specialist catering services into the education sector.

Working in partnership with Sheffield City Council, Taylor Shaw has managed a significant programme of investment over the past 18 months delivering 12 new production kitchens with schools across Sheffield with help from distributors Airedale and Scomac, both of whom are Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) members. All schools previously had meals transported in to them from nearby production units.

The bid was assessed on the following criteria: Innovation of kitchen design, kitchen work flow, equipment specification, conversion cost and best value, utilisation of existing equipment and added value. Other considerations included delivery schedule – working to tight deadlines, Health and Safety arrangements, Safeguarding policy/crb/ppq, warranty and support during and post conversion, quality and accuracy of the bid.

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Through using the criteria shown above the contractors’ bids were judged out of 100 points to decide which contractor was the most suited to the job and would deliver high quality and the best value overall.

For phase one Airedale were judged to be the best value and for phase two Scomac catering. Both delivered an excellent standard of service, high quality equipment, superb attention to detail, with communication by all parties involved being exceptional.
Equipment installed in each of the conversions included Saro refrigeration, desk mixer with quarter turn valves from Mechline, Dawson Comenda warewasher, OES 10:10 mini combi and a freestanding 800mm Electrolux electric range.

“Without doubt having a production kitchen on site is probably the greatest asset any school or meal provider can have in improving standards, take up and customer satisfaction. The cost benefit is not only immediate but lasting for future generations of children. Staff are greatly motivated to a deliver and excellent standard of work and are enthused to deliver great quality food which contributes to the overall health of children. But as we all know can also contribute to a child’s educational attainment as it is well reported that if a child receives a good meal experience they are more likely to be on task in the afternoon,” says Peter McGrath, Taylor Shaw General Manager.

Over the period of a year take up was measured against the previous year as a direct comparison take up which resulted in a range of improvement month on month from 2.4 per cent to over 35.9 per cent with an overall impact across the 12 school being over 15 per cent.

“The whole project from tendering to commissioning, took a great deal of planning and regular communication with all parties involved. Overall being clear on the objectives and working to an agreed plan resulted in excellent outcomes. Working with both companies was a great experience with very few issues. Especially considering some of the space we had to work with. It is great to see that the foresight of Sheffield City Council leadership to invest has led to some fabulous production units and has given Taylor Shaw the opportunity to continue to produce an excellent service and contribute to the health and well-being of the children of Sheffield for generations to come,” says McGrath.

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