Vertas Group has secured a three-year contract to expand catering for Inspiration Trust, a multi-academy trust of academies and free schools in East Anglia.
Under the agreement, Vertas Group will serve 13 academies in Norfolk and North Suffolk. The deal contains a two-year extension option.
The group has been working in partnership with the trust for seven years, providing a selection of services including catering and grounds maintenance.
As part of the new deal, the provider will appoint a development chef to craft menus to enhance nutritional education at the academies, serving plant-based foods from local suppliers to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Karen Burrowes, associate director of operations at Vertas Group, said: “Since 2014, we have built a strong foundation with the Inspiration Trust and have formed an excellent working relationship. We are very pleased the Inspiration Trust has chosen Vertas Group to transform its education catering.”
Mark Fitzpatrick, trust director of operations, added: “Vertas have worked with us for a number of years and understand that Inspiration Trust sets a high standard for its pupils, staff and service providers. I am looking forward to continuing our relationship.”
The trust was founded by Theodore Agnew, Baron Agnew of Oulton as the East Norfolk Academy Trust in 2012, changing its name to the Inspiration Trust in 2013.