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Gather & Inspire

Food is our world – it has the power to inspire and connects us all.

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Gather & Inspire

WHATEVER THE TIME OF DAY, THE NEED FOR FOOD CREATES THE CHANCE TO CONNECT. IT’S NOT SIMPLY ABOUT PROVIDING LUNCH; IT’S ABOUT MAKING THE MOST OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO MAKE THEM HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COLLABORATE.


We embrace this every day through collecting inspiring ideas, concepts, recipes and ingredients and sharing them.


We gather, our customers gather and food becomes an experience that connects.

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Food & Flavours

 We all love to eat

food in season when

it tastes at its best.

 

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Food & Flavours

We also know it needs to be sourced in a responsible, ethical and sustainable way, backed up by the right levels of due diligence and at the right price.

This means we work with a range of regional and national suppliers, both big and small, across the UK and Ireland to get this right.

We also believe procuring food should be overseen by a chef so our Director of Food, Jim Norris, is very much in charge and makes sure we source in a way that fits with our principles and that we work with people who continually help us to evolve.

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Style & Creativity

Always thinking on 

our feet, using our latest discoveries to make sure we never stand still

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We don’t want to just give more of the same, we want to make bold statements, create food with personality and attitude and be truly different.

Our very own style guru, Clare Garcia, captures the best we find then blogs and tweets to a hard core following of devotees, who wholeheartedly embrace her creative direction to create a real point of difference.

The rest of us mere mortals await the latest trend boards, featured new products, marketing and style ideas each month with bated breath to help us create the latest trend-inspired concepts across our outlets.

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People & Passion

We have some amazing people in our organisation, and as shareholders, the core team all own a little piece of the business.

This means that they are empowered to make a difference through making the decisions that put the customer at the heart of everything they do.

Click right to see a brief summary of just some of the talented folk that you will see buzzing about our business.

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ALLISTER RICHARDS
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Allister’s drive, energy and enthusiasm have marked the start of a new era. Renowned for his open, approachable and non-corporate style, he’s brought together a team that is authentic and grounded and has been remarkably successful in implementing his visionary business plan.

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HEIDI STONE
HEAD OF SALES AND MARKETING

Heidi is passionate about food, service and is a real advocate of bringing sustainability into the workplace to create a responsible future.  Having worked for four of the big five, there’s not much she doesn’t know about providing great food service and is often described as being a solution architect rather than a seller!

@heidilovesfood

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JIM NORRIS
DIRECTOR OF FOOD

Jim is hugely respected within the industry, having previously led the culinary teams at two of the UK’s top catering companies, as well as heading the culinary team at the critically acclaimed Green & Fortune.

He’s renowned for his love of regionally sourced food and down to earth style and plays a crucial role in on-going development through creating new concepts and evolving craft training.

@jimn387

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Barry

BARRY MOORE
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

Prior to joining Gather & Gather in 2011, Barry spent seven years in Sydney, the coffee capital of the world. Before this he was joint founder of The Good Eating Company where he established a reputation for his strong values and quality focus.

Barry has attracted some top talent to the team through his ability to engage, develop, nurture and inspire the people he works with.  He has been instrumental in driving positive cultural change throughout the business and creating a progressive and forward thinking ethos.

@Bazmoore1

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SALLY SPIERS
NATIONAL LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

After many years training on cruise ships, Sally is an incredibly experienced trainer.  Sally develops her own programs with a clear understanding that most of our people join through TUPE transfer rather than through choice. This means employee engagement is always high on the agenda and her customer service engagement training is a key part in creating the right cultural ethos.

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DOUG GILCHRIST
HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN

With a background in Hotel Management, Doug isn’t your typical catering procurement person - he’s a real foodie and works closely with Jim to ensure that this is reflected in the company’s sourcing model.

Doug also has a passion for sustainability and as a result ensures that the whole supply chain is ground on strong sustainability principles as well as heading up the our sustainability working group.

@DougGilchrist1

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    GATHER & GATHER WINS GOLD AT THE DBA AWARDS

    Gather & Gather has won Gold at the annual Design Business Association Design Effectiveness Awards

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    GATHER & GATHER WINS THREE STARS FROM SRA

    Gather & Gather is delighted to have secured the maximum possible Three Star Sustainability Champion rating from the SRA

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    GATHER & GATHER'S 4th WATER WELL BUILT

    Gather & Gather's 4th Life Water project

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    GATHER & GATHER AWARDED CONTRACT WITH VODAFONE

    Gather & Gather, has been appointed by Vodafone UK to provide food services across its UK property portfolio.

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    GATHER & GATHER ACHIEVE ‘INSPIRE’ ACCREDITATION FROM SPRINGBOARD

    Gather & Gather has achieved ‘Inspire’ accreditation from Springboard

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    GATHER & GATHER WIN CATERING TEAM OF THE YEAR

    Gather & Gather are victorious in the Keelings Gold Medal Awards

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    GATHER & GATHER ANNOUNCES £20M SALES IN 2014

    £20m of new catering deals confirmed in the past year.

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    GATHER & GATHER LAUNCHES ITS FIRST HIGH STREET CAFÉ

    Gather & Gather has officially announced the launch of Bench, its first high street café.

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    Gather & Gather Donate Clean Water Well

    Through purchases of Life Water

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    Sustainable Sourcing with Doug Gilchrist

    Doug Gilchrist pops down to London's Borough Market in search of fresh produce.

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    Reducing Food Packaging Waste

    Gather & Gather work with Sky and Bunzl to significantly reduce food packaging waste.

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GATHER & GATHER WINS GOLD AT THE DBA AWARDS

On 11th February 2016 Gather & Gather won Gold at the annual Design Business Association Design Effectiveness Awards confirming the strength of its brand.
 
The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards links design and business success, using commercial data as a judging criteria, setting the gold standard for commercial success within the global design industry.
 
Gather & Gather, along with its design partner, Pearlfisher, received a Gold award in the Travel and Leisure category for the brand creation for Gather & Gather in 2013 and the subsequent development of brand in line with the company’s commitment to food and its overall vision and ideals.
 
The new brand has helped redefine the role of catering within facilities services and the workplace. Exactly the kind of factors measured and assessed by the DBA judges. The vision and ideals around food and behaviours adopted as part of the rebrand sit at the heart of everything Gather & Gather does, from delivering great food to sustainability, communications and HR.

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GATHER & GATHER WINS THREE STARS FROM SRA

The team at Gather & Gather is delighted to have secured the maximum possible Three Star Sustainability Champion rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). 

 

On its first accreditation in 2014 Gather & Gather had achieved Two Star rating and has now seen its score move up by 11% in the past twelve months to meet one of its key sustainability objectives – achieving the coveted SRA three stars.

 

Since the company rebrand in 2012, sustainability has been a priority for Gather & Gather, underpinning its core values. The business committed to achieving the maximum three-star rating to ensure it had the independent accreditation to back its argument that sustainability was not about bland corporate sentiment and PR spin, but actually ingrained into the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

The results of the detailed assessment by the SRA across 14 key areas of sustainability bear this out. Gather & Gather particularly did well in the critical measurement of healthy eating and treating people fairly, (employee welfare) scoring 100%. But the business also scored highly in community engagement (99%), waste management (87%), water efficiency (100%) and use of workplace resources (81%). Specifically Gather & Gather has implemented projects to reduce waste, maximising recycling and increasing its commitment to charitable programmes such as Life Water’s Drop 4 Drop campaign.

 

The new three-star rating vindicates the hard work of Gather & Gather’s Sustainability Working Group (SWG) and the team’s overall commitment to an ethical approach to food service all of which aligns with parent company Mitie’s overall sustainability policies. It also recognises that is not just possible for a sustainable business to be a commercially viable business, but it can deliver outstanding food and gain the respect and support of its customers, peers and their respective end users as well.

“We have pursued this target relentlessly since creating the Gather & Gather brand and this totally backs up our arguments and proves that our vision for the food service sector and our own food values are on the right track,” said Allister Richards, managing director of Gather & Gather. “The SWG team has done a brilliant job since our first SRA rating and I think we’ve proved that sustainability has to be a core value for everyone in the food service sector.”

 

Managing director of the SRA, Mark Linehan said: “We take the very greatest pride in our members who are committed to continuous improvement and then implement positive changes to achieve it. Gather & Gather is an outstanding example of this – introducing a number of initiatives across all areas of the business, most notably in the company’s efforts to reduce waste, support the community and treat staff fairly.”

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GATHER & GATHER'S 4th WATER WELL BUILT

Gather & Gather's sales of Life Water across our sites has completed the funding for the new bore-well for the Sitarampur Bazarberia community in West Bengal, India. Sitarmpur Bazarberia has a population of  3050 people who were previously relying  on a single bore-well for the entire village. Now they will all have immediate access to safe, clean drinking water, improving their prospects of a brighter future.

 

One member of the community, Ms Muslima Bibi, said: "Now we have a second bore-well the water stress is reduced hugely. We no longer have to wait for long periods of time to collect the water we need!"

 

This is Gather & Gather's 4th Life Water project, having provided bore-wells for two communities previously in Andhra Pradesh and one in Jharkhand, India. This area of India, close to the Bangladesh border, suffers greatly from drinking water shortages especially in the summer months when sources can completely dry up.

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GATHER & GATHER AWARDED CONTRACT WITH VODAFONE TO HELP DEVELOP INSPIRATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

Gather & Gather, has been appointed by Vodafone UK to provide food services across its UK property portfolio.
 
Vodafone UK, the UK business of Vodafone Group, one of the world's leading communications providers, reached its decision after an innovative and competitive tender process against a number of leading catering providers.
 
The four-and-a-half-year contract will see Gather & Gather serving 9,000 Vodafone employees every day across 12 different locations.
 
Throughout the tender process Gather & Gather clearly demonstrated how it tailors its food services to its individual clients, supported by its vision of bringing food and people together in the workplace and putting the customer at the heart of everything it does. As a result, Vodafone felt that Gather & Gather was ideally placed to support its aspiration to create inspirational dining spaces for its employees.
 
The Gather & Gather team also demonstrated how it supports regional suppliers, and prioritises learning and development, sustainability and an intelligent investment plan for the future.  Gather and Gather’s approach to employee wellbeing is also high on Vodafone’s agenda, with a focus on healthy and nutritious meals served in inspiring environments, which encourage employees to take time out and return to work refresh, motivated and restored.

 

Allister Richards, Gather & Gather’s Managing Director said:
“This is a brilliant result for us – it was incredibly hard fought, with the best in the business pushing each other all the way. To come out on top is testament to the quality and depth in our team and the fact that our food, service style, design ethos and culture are a unique and powerful combination in our market.

 

“We are looking forward to working with Vodafone, and alongside our colleagues who already deliver IFM services, which offers us even more opportunity to make a difference. Everyone’s massively up for it – we can’t wait to get stuck in.”

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GATHER & GATHER ACHIEVE ‘INSPIRE’ ACCREDITATION FROM SPRINGBOARD

We’re pleased to announce that Gather & Gather has achieved ‘Inspire’ accreditation from Springboard, the charity which helps young people achieve their potential, nurtures unemployed people of any age into work and helps alleviate poverty by supporting disadvantaged people into sustainable employment within the hospitality industry.

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GATHER & GATHER WIN CATERING TEAM OF THE YEAR

On 29th September 2015 the team at Gather & Gather was victorious in the Keelings Gold Medal Awards held by the Hotel & Catering Review in Ireland. Gather & Gather was nominated for four awards and came away with the Catering Team of the Year award for the Intel contract in Ireland. The Gold Medal Awards have recognised and rewarded excellence in the Irish hospitality and catering industries for the last 27 years, so it’s an honour to have come away with an award from such a prestigious occasion. Congratulations to all the Irish Gather & Gather team!

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GATHER & GATHER ANNOUNCES £20M SALES IN 2014

Gather & Gather’s commitment to connecting people and food and enhancing its clients’ workplace is paying off with almost £20m of new catering deals confirmed in the past year.

Gather & Gather’s ethos of providing great foodservices aligned to clients’ cultures and business objectives is making a mark in the market place. New contracts range from BBC Worldwide’s new offices in Television Centre as part of a bundled facilities management (FM) deal to large single service contracts such as the White Rose Business Park in Leeds. The business has also extended existing deals with Standard Life (in January) and Lloyds Banking Group (in December).
 
The business sent a message to its competitors when it rebranded and launched in 2012 and continues to make waves in the sector.

“We have consistently challenged the conventional way that corporate catering is delivered over the past three years. We take a different, direct approach and look to take the food right back to the beginning – understanding why our clients provide food for their people and then building up the services from there. Then we can go about delivering transformational change and enhancing their workplace,” explains managing director, Allister Richards.

The momentum gained since 2012 has seen the business grow significantly in size which is expected to continue in the future.  The revised deal with Lloyds Banking Group will see Mitie continue to provide integrated FM across the bank’s entire UK branch and office estate. Mitie is also providing a range of other services, including energy management, business process outsourcing and data management.

“We have a strong platform from which to build our business and continue with our mission to bring people together in the workplace and link improved performance to great food and drinks. Our clients and customers really buy into our brand, enjoying the connection we have made between great food and the high performing workplace,” says Allister Richards.

“We are not worried about awards or plaudits – great customer service is the key thing. We simply focus on great tasting food and coffee and making sure the customer is at the heart of everything we do,” he continues. “We are looking forward to announcing more new partners in Ireland and mainland Britain in the next few weeks and to setting new trends in the corporate catering market.”

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GATHER & GATHER LAUNCHES ITS FIRST HIGH STREET CAFÉ

Gather & Gather has officially announced the launch of Bench, its first high street café, located in the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Farringdon.

Two minutes from Farringdon Station and situated at the heart of the Clerkenwell creative community, Bench is a central element of the Goldsmiths’ Centre at 42 Britton Street serving users of the Centre, the local business and residential community. It has a strong coffee offer, fresh hand crafted and innovative food with the option of eating out or using the 52 internal and 20 external covers.

Gather & Gather began working at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in late summer of 2014, quickly changing the nature of the food, preparing everything fresh on site and injecting the street food ethos of Gather & Gather into the operation.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre team worked with Boyd Thorpe Associates, an independent catering consultancy, who provided advice and support in identifying Gather & Gather as a successful catering partner for private venue hire and its in-house café. In December Gather & Gather worked with the Goldsmiths’ Centre team and Fit Creative to refresh the Bench brand to ensure it reflected the Centre’s own values, its sense of creativity, craftsmanship and community to become Gather & Gather’s first high street café.

“Bench is a really exciting project for us because as well as taking the Gather & Gather concept into the high street arena for the first time, we have already proved that our approach is one that the public love as we have seen turnover at Bench treble in December 2014 compared to twelve months before. Bench exemplifies Gather & Gather’s approach of bringing food and people together and the importance of creating a collaborative space for the local community to interact with each other over food and coffee,” said Allister Richards, managing director of Gather & Gather.

Bench’s strapline of ‘coffee, kitchen, craft’ highlights the key focus areas of the café; expertly crafted coffee from Bristol roasters Extract Coffee and a menu of hand-created signature hot sandwiches, salads and daily changing main dishes in a building dedicated to supporting the next generation of goldsmiths. Artisan cakes and breakfast patisserie are all available from 8am on the café’s ‘bench’, a large table in the centre of venue.   

Karine Lepeuple, deputy director, Goldsmiths’ Centre said, “Gather & Gather has totally embraced our vision of Bench reflecting the Goldsmiths' Centre's own values of creativity, craftsmanship and community. Gather & Gather’s outstanding catering has also ensured that our private event business at the Goldsmiths’ Centre is now growing fast, with each booking helping to support a young person into a professional career. Their teams’ skill and commitment ensured the ideas sketched out by Boyd-Thorpe Associates and us became a reality. We’re really pleased with the results.”

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GATHER & GATHER DONATE CLEAN WATER WELL TO COMMUNITY IN NEED

Last year Gather & Gather sold over 214,000* bottles of Life Water, enough to enable a clean water well to be built through drop4drop, Life Water’s partner charity. Drop4drop currently run projects in Andhra Pradesh India, a region which is seriously affected by water scarcity and it’s here that we’ll be providing a clean sustainable water source for a whole community in the region.

The community is called Varikuntapalli and is made up of 1050 people who are currently reliant on a very unpredictable and often insufficient water source and so often have to walk several km to obtain the water they need. Having a reliable and easily accessible well in the centre of the community will truly change the lives of the villagers, allowing more time for school, work and development.
 
Our well includes a plaque with the wording ‘donated by Gather & Gather through purchases of Life Water’, as well as our Gather & Gather logo.
   
Through purchasing Life Water we are making a huge difference to those without clean water.



*9,000 cases of 24 bottles of Life based on Gather & Gather UK purchases for the 12 months to May 2014.

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Sustainable Sourcing with Doug Gilchrist

Doug Gilchrist, Head of Supply Chain at Gather & Gather, pops down to London's Borough Market in search of fresh produce in this Mitake video.

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Working together to reduce food packaging waste

Gather & Gather have hit the news again, working with Sky and Bunzl to significantly reduce food packaging waste. CLICK HERE to read the article from the Guardian.

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