United Endeavour Trust

United Endeavour Trust employed Tenet to conduct a tendering process for their outsourced catering services contract as they had reached the end of their current contract and were unable to extend any further.

From initial contact to awarding this contract took approximately 6 months.

The project was conducted via the CPC  Outsourced Catering Services Framework- Lot 22.

A mini competition tender process was used for this tender and support was provided by Tenet from developing the documents and specification, evaluating the suppliers written and financial responses, through to conducting site visits, presentations, and recommendation reports.

We are a small sized multi academy of 3 secondary phase schools and due to us reaching the end of our current contract extension period the task of running the catering tender began.  In line with recommendations, we reviewed the framework options and were most surprised to find that this framework was recommending the services of Tenet to run and manage the tender process.

We completed a benchmarking exercise and found the references and costs proposed by Tenet to be most reasonable and appointed them to run both catering and cleaning for all academies.

From appointment to completion, we have been most at ease with the entire process. Documentation was provided swiftly which requested details for the tender packs – support to guide you through this was readily available.  You are provided with a dedicated point of contact which is most helpful indeed and we were delighted to receive a total of 5 tenders for our works and decided to take 4 through to the interview phase.  

The quality of the tenders received were variable but equally appealing to each of our academies and we found ourselves in the very fortunate position of being able to appoint any of the 4 interviewees.  Gareth from Tenet joined us for the interview day and provided us with valuable feedback throughout the event. His wealth of knowledge in this specialist area was invaluable to us.Today we find ourselves at the start of the TUPE process to our new contractor and we are absolutely delighted with the outcomes achieved. We would recommend the services of Gareth and the team at Tenet without reservation

Vickie Keeling – Trust Director at United Endeavour Trust

Find out how one of Tenet’s Procurement Consultants can help your institution procure a Catering contract by visiting our Catering Consultancy page or contact us:

Call: 01376 511 411