Contract caterer BaxterStorey has been awarded a three-year contract with AQA Education in Milton Keynes to provide a food service highlighting sustainability and minimal food waste.
AQA is an education charity that sets and marks more than half of the GCSE and A-Level exams taken in the UK every year.
As part of the charity’s refurbishment programme to open its new office in Wymbush, Milton Keynes, BaxterStorey has created a collaborative hospitality space that is appropriate for the organisation's transition to hybrid/agile working.
The new Treetops Café, for staff and visitors, will focus on sustainability and cutting waste, using no disposable items on-site. Visitors will be encouraged to use reusable cups for drinks.
The menu will focus on dishes made with fresh, locally sourced produce, particularly plant-based ingredients.
The deal includes an artisan coffee bar and in-house Society grab-and-go facility, with built-in flexibility to accommodate seasonal increases in headcount – as an additional 600 exam markers are expected to use the premises during the summer examinations season. To streamline service during peak times, BaxterStorey will introduce handheld street food, fast-tracked boxed hot pots and self-service tills.
Celebrate the opening, development chef Logan Lloyd and chef manager Lee Grant made more than 100 sourdough pizzas for a giveaway at lunch for AQA employees.
Peter Kent, regional managing director at BaxterStorey, said: “The design of the space at AQA centres on creating shared experiences and promoting collaboration, and we’re excited to be bringing our expertise and innovation to the staff and visitors at AQA. We’re also looking forward to supporting the charity as it implements its sustainability initiatives, such as minimising the use of disposable packaging and reducing food waste.”