bartlett mitchell has become the first contract caterer to achieve the top three-star Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) rating for one of its operations.

The foodservice company’s operation at the central London headquarters of Ofgem, the electricity and gas regulator, achieved the accolade after a joint effort that recognised bartlett mitchell’s sustainability achievements at the catering operation and Ofgem’s own approach to how they manage their business.

bartlett mitchell achieved its own two-star SRA rating as a company earlier this year.

“To be successful, an assessment at unit level has to really be a partnership exercise with your client. Contractors only control certain elements of the outlet they operate because the premises are not their own. Thankfully, in Ofgem, we have a client who is equally keen to build their sustainability credentials and reduce their environmental impact, so they were as willing to adapt systems and methods as we were.

In particular, the SRA was impressed with the herb gardens that have been planted, the e-cubes on refrigeration equipment to monitor and reduce energy use, and the recent introduction of completely eco-friendly cleaning materials.” – Sally Grimes, quality mentor

“When bartlett mitchell became SRA accredited as a company and we realised that we could also gain accreditation for Ofgem’s headquarters with them, we were eager to push this forward. We worked hard on making sure our facilities met the SRA criteria and linked in with bartlett mitchell’s work back of house; this clinched the 3-Star rating for us here. We’re really delighted but we’re not going to rest on our laurels – it’s an ongoing way of doing business for us.” – Richard Fawssett, associate director, procurement and facilities management for Ofgem

“It’s great to see all the hard work and commitment from the bartlett mitchell team and Ofgem come together in this award, and the fact that we are the first contract catering site to achieve the top level of SRA accreditation adds to the excitement.” – Wendy Bartlett, managing director

“Consumers tell us that they want to their meal to be sustainable, wherever they eat it. Bartlett Mitchell is leading a growing group of caterers to recognise this demand and respond to it positively and effectively – for which we congratulate them.” – Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA

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