The CPC’s Outsourced Catering Services framework gives you access to college, university, academy and school catering companies that offer fully-managed catering services.

The aim of this framework is to provide a straightforward solution to help you procure a new catering service and a new contract catering company. It offers regional and national competition which drives innovation, maximises return on investment and secures value for money. Using the framework could benefit your institution by reducing costs, generating a return on investment, providing a high-quality service with healthy meals and funding state-of-the art facilities.

This is the latest in a series of successful CPC Outsourced Catering Service frameworks which have been previously utilised by over 100 educational establishments including schools, colleges, academies/academy trusts and universities.

The framework has 32 suppliers who are contract catering companies for schools, academies, colleges and universities. These suppliers are distributed across 26 regional lots.

"The CPC Framework and the help offered within has been invaluable in our recent tender process. The process has been clear throughout and any queries we have raised, have been answered thoroughly and efficiently. It has made the tendering process extremely easy to navigate and we have felt comfortable and supported at all times."

Stacey Kotecha, Cobham Free School

“New College Durham Academies Trust have recently commenced a re-tender process for the trust’s outsourced catering service. The trust considered reviewing external consultants but decided to re-tender via CPC. From the outset the support provided by the Contract Manager, was exceptional. He has responded in a timely manner and provided constructive support throughout the initial process. Advice has even been provided in relation to how other organisations have undertaken tender processes under the current Covid-19 restrictions. I would have no hesitation in recommending CPC to other organisations”

Director of Corporate Services (Finance & Payroll), New College Durham Academies Trust

Key Facts

Start date
24th September 2018
End date
23rd September 2022
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The Department for Education (DfE) recommend this framework to Schools and Academies.

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Key Benefits of this Framework

  1. Catering services and solutions designed specifically for the education sector
  2. Access to innovative solutions from expert catering suppliers
  3. Fully compliant with The Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  4. Contract management advice, guidance and support from the CPC team
  5. Reduced tender process time through mini-competition (compared to a full tender)
  6. A bespoke framework user guide including template tender documentation

Northern Education Trust used the CPC Catering Framework and made significant efficiencies

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The Trust were thrilled with the results from using the previous framework and praised our Specialist Catering Advisor for his help throughout...

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Supplier Details

Lots No. Suppliers
Lot 1: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - East Anglia 20 View Suppliers
Lot 2: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - East Midlands 19 View Suppliers
Lot 3: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - London 18 View Suppliers
Lot 4: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - Northern Ireland 7 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
ARAMARK Limited 2018/1976
Aspens Services 2018/1977
BaxterStorey 2018/1978
Catering by Churchill 2018/1983
CH and CO Catering Limited 2018/1981
Chartwells 2018/1982
Mellors Catering Services 2018/1989
Lot 5: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - North East 18 View Suppliers
Lot 6: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - North West 17 View Suppliers
Lot 7: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - Scotland 12 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
ARAMARK Limited 2018/1976
Aspens Services 2018/1977
BaxterStorey 2018/1978
Catering Academy Ltd 2018/1979
Catering by Churchill 2018/1983
Caterlink 2018/1980
CH and CO Catering Limited 2018/1981
Chartwells 2018/1982
Elior UK PLC 2018/1986
ISS Mediclean trading as ISS FS Services Education 2018/1988
Mellors Catering Services 2018/1989
Taylor Shaw Limited 2018/1996
Lot 8: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - South East 20 View Suppliers
Lot 9: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - South Central 20 View Suppliers
Lot 10: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - South West 20 View Suppliers
Lot 11: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - West 17 View Suppliers
Lot 12: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - Wales 15 View Suppliers
Lot 13: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - West Midlands 18 View Suppliers
Lot 14: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - Yorkshire 17 View Suppliers
Lot 15: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - Channel Islands 8 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
ARAMARK Limited 2018/1976
Aspens Services 2018/1977
BaxterStorey 2018/1978
Catering by Churchill 2018/1983
Caterlink 2018/1980
CH and CO Catering Limited 2018/1981
Chartwells 2018/1982
Mellors Catering Services 2018/1989
Lot 16: HE/FE/Large Academy Trusts (8 or more schools in trust)/Wider Public Sector - National 14 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
ARAMARK Limited 2018/1976
Aspens Services 2018/1977
BaxterStorey 2018/1978
Catering Academy Ltd 2018/1979
Catering by Churchill 2018/1983
Caterlink 2018/1980
CH and CO Catering Limited 2018/1981
Chartwells 2018/1982
Elior UK PLC 2018/1986
Harrison Catering Services Limited 2018/1987
Mellors Catering Services 2018/1989
Midshire Catering Services Limited 2018/1990
Sodexo Ltd 2018/1994
Taylor Shaw Limited 2018/1996
Lot 17: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - East Anglia 20 View Suppliers
Lot 18: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - East Midlands 19 View Suppliers
Lot 19: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - London 20 View Suppliers
Lot 20: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - Northern Ireland 8 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Aspens Services 2018/1977
Catering by Churchill 2018/1983
CH and CO Catering Limited 2018/1981
Chartwells 2018/1982
Innovate Services Limited 2018/2004
Mellors Catering Services 2018/1989
Miquill Catering Ltd 2018/2001
Palmer & Howells Ltd 2018/2005
Lot 21: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - North East 19 View Suppliers
Lot 22: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - North West 18 View Suppliers
Lot 23: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - Scotland 12 View Suppliers
Lot 24: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - South East 20 View Suppliers
Lot 25: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - South Central 20 View Suppliers
Lot 26: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - South West 20 View Suppliers
Lot 27: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - West 19 View Suppliers
Lot 28: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - Wales 16 View Suppliers
Lot 29: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - West Midlands 19 View Suppliers
Lot 30: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - Yorkshire 19 View Suppliers
Lot 31: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - Channel Islands 9 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No.
Aspens Services 2018/1977
Catering by Churchill 2018/1983
Caterlink 2018/1980
CH and CO Catering Limited 2018/1981
Chartwells 2018/1982
Innovate Services Limited 2018/2004
Mellors Catering Services 2018/1989
Miquill Catering Ltd 2018/2001
Palmer & Howells Ltd 2018/2005
Lot 32: Academies/Small Academy Trusts (up to 7 schools in the trust)/Schools - National 14 View Suppliers

How can I use this Framework

Members can run the further competition process themselves using the easy to navigate user guide and mini competition documents provided.

Should you feel that your organisation doesn’t have the sufficient in-house expertise, experience and understanding of the marketplace to carry out the process, our sister company Tenet Education Services can run the tendering process for you for a fee.

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If you require support in running a further competition via this framework, Tenet Services can help. Tenet offer a nationwide service specialising in assisting education establishments to complete further competitions.

Tenet are part of the Crescent Purchasing Group of Companies and operate on a not-for-profit basis.

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The CPC Quote Tool is free to use for all our members and offers quick, compliant access to all suppliers on our frameworks for purchases that fall below £189,330.

"The Quote Tool was easy to use and time saving, resulting in a straightforward process where we just had to put the details in once and could then use the reputable suppliers already recommended."

Deborah Anderson-Dixon, Finance Manager at Sir William Romney's School

For purchases that exceed £189,330, the CPC Sourcing Cloud is available that complies with the regulations to allow electronic tender returns whilst still being free to use for our members. Find out more about CPC Sourcing Cloud.

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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this framework. Some are required for successful use of the framework and are clearly marked.

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User GuideThis is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids. YesDownload
Mini Competition DocumentThe attached template document should assist you with running your further competition and once completed should be sent to all suppliers on the relevant framework lot. YesDownload
Supplier By Lots Download
Call Off OC 2020 YesDownload
Terms & Conditions YesDownload
Mini Competition ChecklistIt is recommended that members utilise this checklist when undertaking a mini-competition process to maximise the likelihood of obtaining a satisfactory quantity and quality of bid responses from suppliers YesDownload

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Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this framework is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

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