Catering Services

Catering Services

Framework 704_18
Status: Active

The framework offers a quick and simple route to outsource/procure your catering service in Education, Social Care and Corporate settings.

Under this particular framework agreement, to be compliant, you are required to carry out a further competition exercise.  There are two routes to do this:

1. Conduct the further competition using ESPO’s templates and guidance.
2.  Use our complimentary framework: 704C_20 - Procurement and Contract Management Support which offers specialist catering procurement suppliers who can support your needs and assist in conducting your further competition.

Our national Catering Services framework (704_18) offers a quick, simple and competitive route to outsource/procure your catering services.
There are three lots available on this framework:

  • Lot 1 – Education this Lot covers the provision of Catering Services to education establishments including primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, academies, colleges, universities, technical schools/colleges and/or any other public sector learning institutions.
  • Lot 2- Social care this Lot shall include the provision of Catering Services to all types of social care and health establishments, including Local Authorities, charities and care homes.
  • Lot 3- Corporate  this Lot covers the provision of Catering Services to Local Authority workplaces, art galleries, museums, leisure centres, country parks, historic buildings, concert halls, conference venues, training centres, exhibition centres, theatres, stadia, emergency services establishments, healthcare establishments, prisons and other Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence establishments.

The framework is available for use nationally by any public body in the UK including, but not limited to…

  • Schools & Academies
  • Local Authority Establishments
  • Police & Emergency Services
  • NHS & HSC Bodies
  • Central Government Departments & their agencies
  • Registered Charities

What are the benefits of using this framework?

  • ESPO Guidance:  Our friendly experienced team are on hand – we are only a phone-call or email away and are always happy to help.
  • Additional Support: If you need additional support you can use our complimentary framework 704C_20 - Procurement and Contract Management Support which offers specialist catering procurement suppliers who can support your needs.
  • User friendly: Documentation is simple, easy to use and is customised to your exact requirements.  Including useful guidance notes throughout, simple prompts guide you through the process.
  • Pre-agreed specification, terms and conditions: Covering everything from due diligence, business continuity, contract performance, liabilities, health & safety, insurance and TUPE.
  • Pre-assessed suppliers: Financial stability, track record, experience and technical & professional ability have all been verified to be awarded a place on the framework.
  • Collaboration: The framework is open to individual customers or customers who would like to collaborate and go out to tender as a group/phased inclusion.


  • A.B.M. Catering
  • Accent Catering Services
  • Alliance In Partnership
  • Apetito
  • Aramark
  • Aspens-Services
  • BaxterStorey
  • Catering Academy
  • Cater Link
  • Caterplus Services
  • CH & CO Catering
  • Churchill Contract Catering T/A Radish
  • Class Catering Services
  • Compass Contract Services (U.K.) T/A Chartwells
  • Dolce
  • Educaterers
  • Edwards and Blake
  • Edwards and Ward
  • Elior UK
  • Harrison Catering Services
  • Hertfordshire Catering
  • HES Catering Services, London Borough of Havering
  • Hutchison Catering
  • I Care (GB)
  • Kirklees Catering Service
  • Kudos Catering (UK)
  • Lunchtime Company
  • Mellors Catering Services
  • Midshire Catering Services
  • Miquill Catering
  • Norse Commercial Services
  • North Tyneside Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Pabulum
  • Palmer & Howells
  • Shropshire Council T/A Shire Services
  • Sodexo
  • T(n)S Catering Management
  • Taylor Shaw
  • The Contract Dining Company
  • The Pantry (UK)
  • Vertas Group

Further information

Already used this framework? Let us know by completing an online Confirmation of Award at

Are you a user of the ‘ProContract’ eProcurement system (from Proactis)? If so, you can now access ESPO’s frameworks through the system to run further competitions, allowing you to run your processes more quickly, simply and at lower risk of error. Speak to your procurement team contact or Account Manager to find out more.

We have also created a useful guide to help you navigate creating a further competition on ProContract, which you can access here.

  • 704_18 - Quick Start Guide
  • 704C_20 - Quick Start Guide
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Please login or register to download the following:

  • 704_18 - User Guide
  • 704C_20 - User Guide
  • Customer Access Agreement
  • Service Provider Overview
  • Geographical Coverage
  • Service Provider Matrix
  • Guidance Note
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Catering Services

Key facts


Start date
02 Oct 2018

End date
01 Oct 2021

Up to 01 Oct 2022

OJEU Contract notice
2018/S 136-311170

OJEU award notice
2018/S 199-452084

Last updated
25 Nov 2020

This framework is available for use nationally

Further help

Genna Muddimer
07584 277 248

Quote reference
Framework 704_18

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ERA 2018
Love British Food
Youth Sport Trust
Feefo 2020