School strikes gold with cut-price Olympic kit

Southampton council has struck gold after securing a fleet of catering trolleys at a massively discounted rate, courtesy of the ‘Olympic Legacy’ agreement governing the resale of ex-London 2012 equipment.

The council’s school meals service feeds 10,000 children every day and when it needed to expand its range of Moffat-branded Versicarte trolleys recently it discovered its luck was in.

It was able to secure the extra trolleys it needed at less than half the usual price as they had been returned to Moffat for refurbishment after being used by caterers during the London Games.

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Moffat’s sales director, Gary Allen, confirmed ex-Olympic stock was being offered to schools and other public service caterers.

“The agreement with LOCOG was that they should be offered to ‘suitable homes’ at list price less 57.5%,” he said. “They also have a full 12 months warranty.”

Southampton’s’ Versicarte fleet comprises a wide variety of units, including bain maries, refrigerated displays, merchandisers and ambient units. The Olympic Legacy Versicartes are a mixture of units that will be used in four separate schools.

Stephen Price, head of city catering at Southampton City Council, said Moffat had done a good job of refurbishing the used trolleys. “They showed no sign of wear and tear when they arrived, in fact they’re as good as new,” he said.

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