Whitco Catering Equipment is close to finishing two large school kitchen projects that will take the number of UIFSM-related schemes it has delivered to more than 90.
The majority of the work was carried out in just four months between June and September, with the final two projects starting in October and due to conclude shortly.
The jobs varied from small schemes through to total refurbishments of kitchens, including one complete new-build.
Vita Whitaker, director at Whitco, revealed the value of the projects ranged from £10,000 to £400,000.
“The work was across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Herts and Oxfordshire and all the customers are highly satisfied with both the equipment they purchased and project management by Whitco,” she said.
The Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme, which guarantees primary school children a free meal, has seen the government inject more than £150m into the market to cover the cost of kitchen refurbs.
Whitco said that despite facing the busiest summer in its history, it carried out all the jobs with a sales team of six people, while every installation was managed by its eight-strong team of engineers. It has recently invested in a new vehicle fleet for its technicians.
“Where it came to ventilation, building works, floors, walls and ceilings, Whitco’s reliable and long-standing relationships with its suppliers were indeed tested, but not one supplier let Whitco or its customers down,” added Whitaker.
Additionally, the company has made all its allergen controls training resources available to education customers free of charge. The new regulations come into force next month.