Rachel Neve, Customer relationship manager
0116 294 4045

ESPO is one of the UK’s largest professional buying organisations and is customer-focused, public sector owned. We are committed to getting the most for our customers by establishing best practice in procurement, sourcing, contract and supply management.

Our Food and Catering team hosts a team of specialists who have built and maintained successful relationships with catering staff and business managers within schools, academies, local government and wider public sector.

ESPO operate a Quality Assurance program for all food frameworks to ensure that standards are continually upheld. We have a dedicated Quality Assurance officer who conducts second party due diligence checks on all suppliers on our food frameworks – this is in addition to the standard third party accreditation required to secure a place on our frameworks. These checks, coupled with regular supplier review meetings, give you added peace of mind that we are monitoring procedures throughout the lifetime of the contract and are keeping check that our suppliers are adhering to the terms and conditions of the framework.

Over and above the standard regulations, we also ensure that our food suppliers offer market leading brands and a range of products to support all dietary requirements. They can also support customers with menu planning and product guidance with regards to Food for Life and all of them can provide electronic ordering and on-line product specifications.

We have an extensive range of frameworks which will meet all your catering requirements; from grocery, frozen foods, milk and meat to fruit & vegetables and catering equipment. If you are looking for a provider to manage your entire catering service we have a framework which covers that too.

Here’s a taster of some of our frameworks:

Grocery, Frozen and Multi-temperature foods (83)
This is one of our most popular frameworks used by both education and corporate customers. Some of the many benefits of accessing this framework include a ‘One stop shop’ option for customers looking to consolidate their food deliveries, fixed price hold periods, price negotiations conducted on your behalf by ESPO, a high level of ‘behind the scenes’ contract management and, if your requirements are more specific, access to our further competition documentation.

Commercial Catering Equipment and Associated Services framework (98)
This framework offers customers a quick, simple and competitive route to purchase or hire a large range of Commercial Catering Equipment and Associated services. The framework is split into the following areas:

  • Turnkey Solutions – Kitchen Design layout combined with Supply and Install of the Kitchen and Commercial Catering Equipment (with an option to include Service and Maintenance)
  • Supply of Commercial Catering equipment to include prime cooking, refrigeration, ware washing, food preparation, waste, display and storage and transportation equipment.
  • Service and Maintenance of Commercial Catering Equipment.
  • Hire of Commercial Catering Equipment

Catering Services framework (704)
If you are looking for a provider to manage your catering service, our framework 704 has a dedicated lot for schools where suppliers will manage your entire catering service for you. ESPO can assist you and guide you through the procurement process.

To view all our food and catering frameworks please click here

In addition to the frameworks we also have many other products and services to offer our customers.

Our catalogue includes 27,000 lines covering all of your everyday essentials including catering items such as cookware, food storage, table and servery ware.

We also have a complete procurement service including expert category teams to support your organisation's specialist procurement requirements and hundreds of frameworks covering commonly used services.  In addition to our catering frameworks we can also meet your wider procurement needs such as cleaning services, washroom services, multi-functional devices and cashless catering systems.

Rachel Neve
Customer relationship manager
0116 294 4045