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Gateshead School Catering is the best UK performer - again!

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Gateshead Council's School Catering Service has been singled out - for the fourth time in four years - as the UK's best performer in education catering by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE).

The council was compared with 50 other UK school meals providers and was again judged to be delivering the best quality, cost and productivity in the UK.

To win an APSE Performance Network Award, the performance of individual local authorities are measured and benchmarked against dozens of their rivals. The winner is the local council that has proved to be performing better than all the rest.

The award was accepted on behalf of Gateshead Council by Michael Lamb, Gateshead Council's service manager for Catering and Cleaning.

"To win one of these prestigious awards, you have to prove you are the best at almost everything," he says.

"To win one once is achievement enough, to be declared the winner twice is fantastic, but to win a third and a fourth time proves we are clearly doing something right.

Learn more about Gateshead school meals"We have a growing reputation within the UK catering industry. Of course, our customers already tell us on a daily basis how much they appreciate both our food and the service we provide, but winning this award just confirms our own belief in the quality of service we offer.

"What is especially pleasing is that this award isn't judged on the basis of a glossy brochure or a slick video presentation, but on our day-to-day performance. It shows that we are clearly doing something right and we are doing it day-in, day-out."

Gateshead Council provides more than 11,000 nutritionally-balanced meals every day in more than 70 primary and secondary schools across Gateshead and beyond. Its team of 350 staff are fully trained in nutrition, food safety, catering and cookery skills.

APSE Chief Executive Paul O'Brien said, "APSE's data benchmarking service allows local government to recognise those top performing authorities alongside those who are striving to continuously improve their frontline services.

"All of our worthy finalists are showing a real commitment to the services which we all value."

Plate of food
06 December 2019

Gateshead Council's School Catering Service has been singled out - for the fourth time in four years - as the UK's best performer in education catering by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE).

The council was compared with 50 other UK school meals providers and was again judged to be delivering the best quality, cost and productivity in the UK.

To win an APSE Performance Network Award, the performance of individual local authorities are measured and benchmarked against dozens of their rivals. The winner is the local council that has proved to be performing better than all the rest.

The award was accepted on behalf of Gateshead Council by Michael Lamb, Gateshead Council's service manager for Catering and Cleaning.

"To win one of these prestigious awards, you have to prove you are the best at almost everything," he says.

"To win one once is achievement enough, to be declared the winner twice is fantastic, but to win a third and a fourth time proves we are clearly doing something right.

Learn more about Gateshead school meals"We have a growing reputation within the UK catering industry. Of course, our customers already tell us on a daily basis how much they appreciate both our food and the service we provide, but winning this award just confirms our own belief in the quality of service we offer.

"What is especially pleasing is that this award isn't judged on the basis of a glossy brochure or a slick video presentation, but on our day-to-day performance. It shows that we are clearly doing something right and we are doing it day-in, day-out."

Gateshead Council provides more than 11,000 nutritionally-balanced meals every day in more than 70 primary and secondary schools across Gateshead and beyond. Its team of 350 staff are fully trained in nutrition, food safety, catering and cookery skills.

APSE Chief Executive Paul O'Brien said, "APSE's data benchmarking service allows local government to recognise those top performing authorities alongside those who are striving to continuously improve their frontline services.

"All of our worthy finalists are showing a real commitment to the services which we all value."

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