ISS has announced that it will combine all of its foodservice teams to become one operating platform, ISS Food Services, representing a turnover of £250m a year.
The move comes as the company marks its 50th year in the UK and will see it take a more focused approach to foodservice and competing with the biggest contract caterers in the country.
“In many ways we are consolidating our identity to strengthen our brand and this takes courage to complete,” said Philip Leigh, chief operating officer at ISS. “We are bringing our food offers along a journey that will ensure the customer and client is receiving the best offer for their requirements. With our knowledge, ideas and customer insights and therefore investment in food development, we will deliver optimum opportunities for our customers and teams.”
Leigh added that there will be no impact to the business day-to-day, including ISS’ school catering contracts, but that the aim is to “only add more value”.
“We understand that food can play the most important of roles in increasing productivity and our ‘better together’ synergy will deliver optimum opportunities,” he said. “How these people are fed in their working environment is critical. People talk about environment and building design and those are big priorities but as a leader we must be flexible enough to provide a food offering which actually impacts people performance. It can only add value to all concerned.”
In a recent Magenta brand survey, ISS was recognised as the number one caterer in the UK.