Our lights are shining blue for the NHS

2nd April 2020

This time three weeks ago, we were finalising our 2019 end of year results message and preparing our 100th contract announcement with a celebratory cake. We could never have foreseen what was to come.


Well, in light of the current situation, last year’s results seem somewhat irrelevant and the cake has long gone, but we do still have the very happy memories of our Head Office and operations team gathering at our HQ to mark that milestone in our history.


Covid-19 has brought unimaginable changes to everyone’s personal and working life. We put in place plans in early March for every one of our head office team to have the capability to work from home which is now proving vital.


80% of our operations are now temporarily closed in line with Government guidelines, and the vast majority of our staff are thankfully covered by the furlough scheme.


Some positive news is that we are still operating twenty of our contracts to keep vital sectors going and key workers’ children fed.


Recognising that it might be difficult for parents/guardians to get to the shops, we are providing, at locations where we can, take-home food hampers with everyday essentials and fresh meats to make life a little easier for key workers.


At times like this, we, like many companies, are looking at other ways we can provide support.


For example, we are compiling recipes to share with our school contracts for parents and children to make at home.


One of our area managers is planning to do a bake-along on Instagram.


Another of our projects – the updating of our bi-annual update of our CSR report – ‘It’s a natural choice’ – is on-hold for now. The stories, stats and images have all been gathered to show our progress over the last two years and we look forward to sharing these with you when the time is right.


For now, we are pleased that we have been able to share any perishable food items with our customers or donate them to good causes to keep food waste to a minimum before sites closed as this is a subject close to our hearts.


It’s also good to hear news of some of our staff putting themselves forward as NHS volunteers and we are very proud of them for doing that.


We will be keeping our presence on our social media channels in the coming weeks so please follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to keep updated with our news and any insight, tips and initiatives we plan to share.


Heartfelt thanks to all of our teams, suppliers and clients.


In the meantime, we are shining a light for the NHS by turning the LED lights in our atrium at our corporate headquarters in Ashby to blue to honour these heroes.