Food service and FM provider Sodexo has linked up with innovation strategist L Marks to launch its innovation lab in the UK and Ireland.
Sodexo’s Accelerator innovation programme has already begun in China, Brazil, India, France and Sweden, and from January will focus on the firm’s UK and Ireland markets.
It is working with L Marks – an innovation specialist with experience of running more than 70 programmes with other global companies.
The partners will identify four areas to focus on and attract new firms with fresh solutions to give them the chance to pitch to work with Sodexo to help the company develop offers to meet its clients’ future needs. L Marks will begin a scouting campaign to identify nascent and growing companies operating in the food service and FM arenas and help them to take their ideas through Sodexo’s Accelerator platform.
By collaborating with start-ups, the programme will drive innovations in technology to improve the workplace experience, aligning with Vital Spaces – Sodexo’s portfolio of expertise on workspace and work-life services.
Through the Accelerator programme, the start-ups will gain the chance to work with Sodexo’s experts over a 10-week period to adjust their solutions in a live customer environment.
Julie Ennis, CEO of Corporate Services, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “It is critical that Sodexo is agile and provides clients with forward-thinking solutions, powered by the latest technology. We have a fantastic track record of partnering with small and medium enterprises to achieve that aim.
“We believe deeply in doing good business in a good way. That’s why we leverage our expertise to not only optimise the efficiency of our clients’ businesses but also to have a powerful, positive impact on the communities we serve.”
Daniel Saunders, CEO at L Marks, said: “Sodexo has decades of industry knowledge and a global client footprint… As businesses safely reopen their workplaces following the past 18 months, Sodexo Accelerator will enable them to embrace entrepreneurial ideas and creative talent to create a step change in the industry and drive business forward.”
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