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Catering businesses join forces to launch support network for former employees

BaxterStorey has joined forces with more than 20 leading companies and individuals from the food service sector to launch ‘Food Service Circle’ (FSC) – a platform aiming to offer support to those affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With reduced building occupancy a major concern for businesses, approximately 20% of the hospitality workforce are expected to be made redundant or face significantly reduced hours.  

As a result, the industry has come together to create a support network to allow them to stay connected and continue to develop their skills and knowledge as they seek new employment.    

FSC, which has launched today, will act as a one-stop shop for all former team members, offering free training, counsel, advice and job opportunities. 

Every week, the platform will house webinars and guidance for those seeking employment, with topics including CV writing, how to make the most of social media, the latest health and safety developments, and how to search for the right role.   

Leaders from each of the companies involved will also host insight sessions to update job seekers on the latest developments within their own business and the wider sector.  

Noel Mahony, co-chief executive, BaxterStorey, said: “As we start the process of rebuilding our businesses, it is incumbent on all of us to support those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Having witnessed the success of collaboration through UK Hospitality, it was clear to me that we should come together as a sector to deploy all of our resources to support those out of work.” 

The food service sector is a major contributor to the hospitality industry and the wider UK economy, employing more than 293,000.  

The companies involved in FSC include: ABM Catering, Amadeus, Aramark, Artizian, Bartlett Mitchell, BaxterStorey, Blue Apple, Celtic Catering, Churchill, CH&Co, Compass Group, Elior, Genuine Dining Co, Graysons, Harrison, Houston and Hawkes, OCS, Sodexo, Susa Comms and Vacherin. 

Full access to resources can be found on the website www.foodservicecircle.com with webinars accessed via the FoodService Circle YouTube channel. Follow @foodservicecirc for updates.

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