NEWydd’s great start and new look
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet was pleased to take note a report detailing
success of NEWydd Catering and Cleaning Limited as it nears the end of its
first year of trading.
The former Council Catering and Cleaning Service which transitioned over to a
Local Authority Trading Company last year has shown it is going from strength
Members also approved the NEWydd Business Plan for financial year 2018/19.
NEWydd’s Managing Director, Steve Jones, who presented the report to Cabinet,
“Our first year of business was all about retaining the business we had. A big
part of this was to retain all Flintshire schools currently signed up to our
school meals service and I’m pleased to report that 100% of schools did so. I
can also report that one school which hadn’t had school meals from the in-house
provider for many years, signed a contract with us starting last December. We
were also success in the tender for the Community Café at Holywell Leisure
Centre where we began trading last July.
“We have also increased overall uptake of school meals in both primary and
secondary schools significantly. Primary schools now stand at 53%, up from 43%
and secondary schools are now at 51% up from 41%.
“NEWydd has made good progress in its first year of operation, retaining
services and jobs and creating new lines of business and, in doing so, creating
new employment opportunities. Substantial efficiencies of £637,000 have been
achieved between financial years 2014/15 and 2016/17 whilst maintaining and
improving service delivery.”
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor
Ian Roberts, said:
“Retaining and increasing take-up of school meals at such a high level is a
really commendable achievement. We want parents and guardians to have
confidence in what their children eat at school and this demonstrates our
commitment to the benefits of a balanced diet to childrens behaviour and
learning abilities during the school day.
As with any new venture, the cultural change amongst the workforce can be
challenging but a new Team Manager recruited last year is proving to have a
positive impact on the workforce and the company where it thinks and acts more
commercially in what is a competitive trading environment.
New uniforms and a new head office at Deeside Leisure Centre have also helped
to overcome the cultural change. The uniforms have been designed and selected
by the frontline staff and will be launched after the Easter break.