Welwyn Hatfield schools' catering provider scoops national award

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 October 2017

HCL scooped the national award earlier this month. Picture credit: Simon Kearsley.

HCL scooped the national award earlier this month. Picture credit: Simon Kearsley.

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The catering provider for several Welwyn Hatfield schools has scooped a national award.

Hertfordshire Catering Ltd (HCL), which provides food for Sir Frederic Osborn, Hatfield Community Free School, Holwell and Knightsfield, was named Local Authority Caterer of the Year at the EDUcatering Excellence Awards.

They recognise stars of school meals, outstanding individuals and teams that have excelled.

Lin O’Brien, chief executive of HCL, said: “To win national recognition for our catering services really is an honour and it wouldn’t have been possible without every member of HCL’s hardworking and dedicated team.

“It’s also a great reflection on the schools we work with and their commitment to providing healthy, high-quality meals to their pupils and students.

“Our business is all about excellence in education catering and it’s fantastic that our industry has recognised we’re delivering just that.”

HCL’s award winning submission focused on several achievements in the last year, which included an increase in turnover of five per cent to £36million, and securing 18 new contracts to deliver services over the next three and five years.

A county council spokesman said: “The submission also demonstrated how the company has thrived since it branched out from Hertfordshire County Council by becoming a limited company in 2013.

“The council retains 100 per cent of the shareholding and this year HCL will be returning a dividend to the council as shareholder, making an important contribution to the council’s funding of vital front line public services in Hertfordshire.”

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