The independent contract catering company has launched a fresh London-based division – Thomas Franks London – providing city corporate customers, their clients and staff with a fresh in-house catering and hospitality option.
Based near to the capital’s premier grocery store, Borough Market, Thomas Franks London provides full-service catering for employees, clients and visitors. Its freshly-cooked, nutritious and seasonal dishes are created on-site using locally-sourced ingredients.
In creating the brand new venture, Thomas Franks has appointed new Managing Director Paul Hurren. Hurren includes a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, including previous roles that saw him heading up corporate fine-dining caterer Lusso, learning to be a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and chairing the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE). Hurren will be working alongside the founding leadership team, who have a lot more than fifty years’ experience between them, and who’ve also previously caused a number of the capital’s finest hospitality businesses and destinations.
Candice Webber, who headed up the meals & previously; Development team at Vacherin, and was the Executive Chef for Peyton and Lusso & Byrne joins Thomas Franks London as its Food Director.
Alongside Hurren and Webber is Michelle Jugessur, Business Development Manager, who joins from Bartlett Mitchell. She’s extensive experience in cultivating long-standing and meaningful fruitful partnerships with a variety of high-end organisations, including global lawyers, FTSE 250 investment management firms, media embassies and companies.
Also joining the team is Christine Bailey, an award-winning registered nutritionist (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, BANT) and leading healthy eating expert, with an increase of than 20 years’ experience in medical and food industry. She’s authored a lot more than 16 health insurance and recipe books, and appears on the net and broadcast media as a nutrition expert regularly. She’s previously been awarded Coeliac Chef of the entire year and received a CAM award for outstanding contribution to the city.
Anchor clients already set up at the launch include global investment management firm Barings. The team is celebrating a fresh contract win having an international lawyer also, near St Paul’s.
Thomas Franks, beneath the leadership of Founder Frank Bothwell, is continuing to grow from strength to strength since its launch in 2005. Clients include domestic appliance expert Delonghi, Bibby Financial Services and Denman College (home of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes).
Paul Hurren, MD of Thomas Franks London, said: “There were so many questions asked over the last 18 months concerning the future of any office and how employers can entice their employees back to the workplace. We realize office life has undergone a permanent change, but we’re seeing the populous city, Canary Wharf and the West Result in particular firing back to life and a shift in how employers are optimising their spaces. A proven way they’re choosing to create office working more desirable is ensuring the in-house catering offer is really a draw card in and of itself. Quite simply, London firms have to be offering something different and much more enticing than what employees have already been used to while working at home. Our new offer shall help them deliver on that.
“Being truly a bespoke, intrinsically independent company means we are able to quickly react to client requests and adjust to match their vision, requirements and high standards. Food brings people together and we’re passionate about providing our customers having an experience extremely, not a meal just. It has never been more very important to city office environments even though hybrid working means workers are just tackling the commute for a couple days every week. Having well-thought out, high-end catering provision on-site is likely to be a important offer for most businesses really, from making certain their teams obtain the best morning coffee to offering in-house fine dining with their most significant clients.”
Thomas Franks London may also be supporting the communities where it operates, and reducing its carbon food and footprint miles, by hand-picking artisan and local suppliers to utilize the best of every season’s produce. The ongoing company is looking to be considered a certified B Corporation by summer 2022.
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