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Elior UK to transform food and drink at University of Roehampton in five-year contract

Food and drink outlets at both University of Roehampton sites are set for a total refresh after the university awarded leading contract caterer Elior UK a five- year catering contract. As part of the deal, Elior is making

substantial investment to transform facilities at the University’s two campuses – where it will cater for around 10,000 students and 1,100 employees. Refurbishment work has already begun. Robin Givens, National Sales Director

at Elior UK, said: “Students tastes have changed dramatically in recent years – they’re more likely to be found in coffee shops than the student bar. They’re heavily influenced by world food trends, they care about what’s in their food, where it

came from, and they want every meal to be an experience. And the exciting new offer at University of Roehampton has been designed with that in mind.” As part of the new offer, the University’s

sites will benefit from bespoke new coffee shops offering barista-quality Fairtrade coffee. All menus will be refreshed with a vibrant, global food offer as well as a wide range of freshly-made Grab and Go sandwiches, wraps, salad bowls and grazing pots. Students and staff will also be able to take advantage of all of Elior’s latest branded street food concepts – including Mexican street eating concept Wrap Bamboo, Korean street food concept Bibimbab, and the award-winning Beak St. Chicken.

Jerry Woods, Director of Estates & Facilities, University of Roehampton, said: “The University of Roehampton prides itself on the student experience it offers, with outstanding staff and facilities set in the most beautiful surroundings. Food and drink is a huge part of the overall experience, which is why we’re very pleased to be working with Elior to ensure we’re providing the best.” The win marks another significant contract in the university sector for Elior, which overhauled the food and drink offer at Kingston University London in 2016 as part of a five-year contract – one of the largest university catering contracts in the UK.

Royal Liverpool Hospital delay shows stark reality of Carillion collapse

The announcement that the Royal Liverpool Hospital is unlikely to be completed this year, is ‘the stark reality’ of what Carillion’s collapse means for the construction industry and local communities. As a result of the announcement Unite,

the UK’s construction union, has renewed its call on the government to increase help and assistance to the supply chain and sub- contractors, which have been left reeling by Carillion’s demise. The confirmation on the delay to the

Liverpool hospital coincided with the appearance of Carillion’s leadership before the joint business and work and pensions select committee. Unite assistant general secretary Gail

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Cartmail said: “The announcement that the Royal Liverpool Hospital is unlikely to be finished this year, is the stark reality of what Carillion’s collapse means to the industry and communities. “The expected long delays before work

is restarted will place even greater financial stress on sub-contractors who have already lost thousands due to Carillion’s collapse. This is already resulting in workers being laid off and skills being lost from the industry. While communities are being denied world class medical facilities that are urgently needed. “The government and its taskforce need to prioritise how stalled projects are restarted and what other support can be given to protect jobs and skills in Carillion’s supply

chain which are at increasing risk of being lost. “Restarting Carillion’s public sector

construction projects will undoubtedly result in additional costs and the government needs to underwrite these costs. “The appearance of Carillion’s leadership in

front of the select committee demonstrated why we must have a public inquiry into how and why Carillion collapsed. “For workers who have already lost their

jobs, or who are still facing redundancy, it must be sickening to be told that all of Carillion’s bosses believed their performance was exemplary and the company’s collapse was not their fault. Quite frankly they are living in a parallel universe.”

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