Angela Course, Category Manager
0116 2657893

ESPO is one of the UK’s largest professional buying organisation and is customer-focused, public sector owned. We’re committed to getting the most for our customers by establishing best practice in procurement, sourcing, contract and supply management.

Our Food and Catering team hosts a team of specialists who have built and maintained successful relationships with catering staff and business managers within schools, academies, local government and wider public sector.

It was announced that as of 1 January 2015 all maintained schools and pupil referral units must adhere to the new School Food Regulations. ESPO ensure that suppliers listed on our frameworks, as a minimum, adhere to the latest standards and industry codes of practice.

Our dedicated team can provide expert advice on how ESPO frameworks can help you meet these requirements.

Over and above the standard regulations we also ensure that our food suppliers offer market leading brands and a good range of products to support all dietary requirements, to offer variety for consumers of all ages that respond to changes in food trends, safeguarding against menu fatigue.

We have an extensive range of frameworks which will meet all your catering requirements; from bread, pastries, catering services to commercial catering equipment, fruit, vegetables and milk products, you can be assured we will have a solution to suit you.

Here’s a taster of some of our popular frameworks:

Multi Temperature Food and Non-Food Distribution framework (83)
This framework is one of our most popular frameworks used by both education and corporate customers; one of the main benefits of the framework is the 'one-stop-shop' service which caters for all your food delivery needs. With the supply and distribution of different temperature foods (such as cooked meats and frozen products) alongside non-food items this proves to be highly advantageous as it minimises the number of deliveries arriving on site at any one time.

Commercial Catering Equipment and Associated Services framework (98)
This framework offers customers a quick, simple and competitive route to purchase or hire a large range of Commercial Catering Equipment and Associated services. The framework is split into the following areas:

  • Design layout of kitchen refurbishment and new build projects
  • Supply of commercial catering equipment
  • Installation of commercial catering equipment
  • Hire of kitchen pods and commercial catering equipment
  • Service and maintenance of commercial and domestic kitchen equipment

A kitchen design and refurbishment option covers the design, manufacture and project management, covering both existing and new build projects

Catering Services framework (704)
Those who have used this framework state they are receiving an improved provision in catering services and a higher quality of meals. This framework will enable you to source the following services:

  • Education catering services
  • Social and health care catering services
  • Workplace catering and civic function catering services
  • Visitor and venue catering services or any venue owned by or on behalf of a public body e.g. conference, sporting, charity facilities.

To view all our food and catering frameworks please click here

In addition to the products and services we also have many other products and services to offer our customers.

Our 27,000 line catalogue offers all of your everyday essentials for your catering requirements such as ovenware, food storage, table and serveryware.

We also have a complete procurement service including expert category teams to support your organisation's specialist procurement requirements and hundreds of frameworks covering commonly used services, in addition to our catering frameworks we can also meet your wider procurement needs such as washroom services to IT and telephone systems.

Rachel Neve
Customer relationship manager
0116 294 4045