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Stay Safe And Eat Well Says Compass Group

Stay Safe And Eat Well Says Compass Group

Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services company, is announcing a series of new initiatives to support its clients, communities and its people through their safe return to work. 

This includes the launch of its Stay Safe, Eat Well programme which incorporates lessons from across its global business on operating a foodservice provision in the COVID-19 environment.

 

“We recognise how challenging this period has been for our clients and communities, our suppliers and our people so we are doing everything we can to invest in the food and cleaning services that are most needed as the economy adapts to a new normal.”

–Robin Mills

Managing Director, Compass Group UK and Ireland 

 

 

Supporting a phased return to work

 

Compass colleagues have continued to provide catering, cleaning and security services to the NHS, defence, schools and other key businesses through the crisis.

Building on this experience, and with insight from the global business in Asia and other regions, Compass is working to support the country’s phased return to work. 

In addition to preparing for the return to work, the business is also recognising its colleagues’ contribution to the NHS with an on average pay increase of over 5% to match the NHS Agenda for Change rate of pay. 

Foodbuy, the procurement business supplying Compass UK and Ireland, is also committing to spend £5 million with UK social enterprises to incubate and support small suppliers who are giving back to communities and tackling wider social and environmental issues.

 

Protecting employees and customers

 

The Stay Safe, Eat Well programme has at its core the principles of:

 

  • Social distancing with 2m separation for all customers and staff, queue management and dining apart
  • Safe service with sanitising stations, protective screens, assisted serve and takeaway adjusted food offers and contactless payment
  • Enhanced and additional cleaning routines
  • Technology-enabled capacity management to manage restaurant flows and enable click and collect

 

All of Compass’ sites have been issued with a “Way Back” Operating Manual which outlines how to implement all the measures of the Stay Safe, Eat Well programme.

Robin Mills, Managing Director Compass Group UK and Ireland commented: “We believe Compass has an important role to play in helping the UK get safely back to work. We recognise how challenging this period has been for our clients and communities, our suppliers and our people so we are doing everything we can to invest in the food and cleaning services that are most needed as the economy adapts to a new normal. 

We hope our Stay Safe, Eat Well programme will give both our employees and customers confidence that they can return to work safely, while also supporting them with their health and wellbeing. I want to pay tribute to all our colleagues who have played, and continue to play, a key role in the national effort against COVID-19.”

Picture: A photograph of a Compass site displaying social distancing signage 

Article written by Ella Tansley

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