Award Sponsors

The Scottish School Food Awards benefit from the support of several of the UK’s leading suppliers from the foodservice, business and technology sectors.

Award sponsors include:

Auris Tech Ltd

The foundations of learning for hungry little minds

A ground-breaking voice-activated app equipped with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology – built specifically for English language publishing – Auris Tech’s Fonetti platform offers a 21st-Century answer to the ever-present issue of child literacy. Providing schools, teachers and pupils with a unique route to reading, Fonetti is a Department of Education-approved award-winning reading platform that’s been developed specifically to support children’s reading and literacy. Kim Antoniou, Founder and CEO of Auris Tech Ltd, believes this voice technology is crucial to help reverse the ongoing threat faced by children throughout the UK and abroad: ‘Reading is a building block for every other academic subject and it’s essential in providing key skills for life,’ she says. ‘According to unpublished government figures, more than 200,000 primary school pupils will make the transition to secondary school without the adequate literacy skills for their age; of these, many have had limited verbal interaction with their peers.

‘If digital platforms are the foundation of future learning, smart-tech applications are the perfect partners to help guarantee success.

‘Ultimately, when one in nine children doesn’t have access to a book but does have access to a tablet, it’s clear that technology needs to play its part in supporting literacy.

Chartwells Independent

Leading the way in education foodservice

An award-winning catering partner with over 50 years’ experience working with independent schools and colleges, Chartwells Independent provide the highest quality fresh, seasonal and sustainable food, prepared and served by their highly skilled teams, to schools across the country. In creating true partnerships with clients – in addition to supporting young people’s health, wellbeing, learning, development and attainment through their award-winning nutritional education programme, Beyond The Chartwells Kitchen – the company continues to lead the way in the Scottish education-catering sector.

Hub International

Delivering a range of exciting vocational programmes, Hub International partners with schools across Scotland to create hands-on interactive learning experiences that allow pupils to explore their talents in hospitality, culinary and crafts.

From the highly acclaimed Food School Scotland journey and Professional Cookery Chef School, to the Enterprise Cafe with SQA-approved Barista Skills course, the company’s educational programmes provide pupils with the necessary skills, insight and inspiration to further their hospitality careers. Dedicated Hub International expert tutors engage and excite pupils each week, taking them on memorable guided journeys that aim to create new opportunities for pupils, schools and the local hospitality industry.

Independents by Sodexo

A creative partner with schools, Independents by Sodexo enjoys an extensive and diverse background in hospitality and catering spanning 60 years, the company places health and well-being at the heart of everything it does. Serving fresh food that aims to sharpen the mind, energise the body and bring people together, Sodexo serves dishes that will elevate the pupil experience in a sustainable way that protects the environment. Prioritising fresh food, provenance and seasonality, the culinary team works with each school partner to deliver a range of nutritional and learning programmes.

Inspire Catering

Feeding Scotland’s Future

As a people-focused business, Inspire Catering is the ideal partner for the Scottish Education Well-being Award. Serving over 5,000 pupils across seven independent schools across Scotland, the company’s commitment to the use of high quality, sustainable Scottish ingredients and nutritional excellence is matched by first-class customer service. Creating enjoyable, nutritious, flavour-filled experiences across the company’s Scottish school portfolio, Inspire believes that food is the conduit between health and productivity. In ensuring that pupils feel good while being provided with the necessary nutrition, the company builds strong partnerships with education clients to help blend foodservice seamlessly into the school curriculum.

Pelican Procurement Services

With clients including individual and multi-site pubs, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, educational institutions and healthcare organisations, Pelican is the market-leading procurement and supply chain specialist.
Established for 30 years, the company provides a CIPS-qualified team of procurement specialists with an in-depth knowledge of the food-and-drink industry to ensure that clients receive the agreed prices, quality and service levels from suppliers for the duration of any contract.

Thomas Franks Scotland

The chef-led, food-first family

Founded in 2004 by Frank and Emma Bothwell, Thomas Franks is a high quality catering company with a simple mantra: To deliver a service that is both personal and excellent. Formed using Frank’s experience in hotels and contract catering, and Emma’s experience in HR, the company is known for its consistent use of locally sourced Scottish produce and for its uncomplicated service delivery. Forming strong partnerships with independent schools throughout the country, Frank and his team credit the provision of continuous training and development as the key to the company’s ongoing success.