With fifty million face masks bought by the UK government back in April 2020 not being used because of safety concerns, have YOU considered the best face mask options and how best to protect your workforce, colleagues and customers?

Tracey Fairclough, our Managing Director, contemplates the market, given that quality of masks is a hot topic amongst TAF’s corporate client company organisations who ask her advice on the best options for catering staff having more face to face interactions with workforces.


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Tracey Fairclough, TAF’s Managing Director, comments in a key article today in Hospitality & Catering News, one of the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading journals, saying:

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“Foodservice is now more than ever a priority for employers, creating workplace foodservice that helps employees to choose to stay inside workplaces during work hours minimises transmission risk, and maximises productivity.”

READ HERE to see who else commented in the same piece to show you how the contract catering landscape looks at the beginning of August 2020:


If you are a corporate client organisation with a workplace staff restaurant that needs to open again soon and need some fresh, forward-thinking, app-savvy, sustainability-focused assistance, contact us to project manage your catering consultancy needs.

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COVID-19 | Workplace Foodservices post Pandemic (The Caterers’ Perspectives)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. | MARGARET MEAD

UK foodservices have worked tirelessly to adapt, evolve & create a “new normal”. See what 23 Caterers say (see below), in representing the hard working 2nd largest sector in the UK and the mood of the foodservice sector.

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COVID-19 | UK High Street Retailers Inspire Workplace Foodservice

On Monday 15th June 2020, the UK’s high streets opened for the first time in three months, a significant move for 2020 post lockdown. To understand the measures in place to ensure safe customer experiences, TAF visited 13 UK high street (non-essential) retailers:

1) Argos  | 2) EE | 3) Greggs | 4) H&M | 5) JD Sports | 6) John Lewis | 7) M&S | 8) PRET | 9) Primark | 10) Sports Direct | 11) Starbucks | 12) Top Shop  13) Vodafone

This article presents an overview of 5 “Covid-19 secure” initiatives retailers implemented that inspired us for applying to workplace foodservices:

  1. Essential Digital Communications
  2. Enhanced Sanitising Regimes
  3. Effective Customer Engagement
  4. Proactive Customer Flow Management
  5. A Common Safety Measure: Protective Screens



























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COVID-19 | Corporate Foodservice Survey (the clients perspective)

UK foodservice operators today have to work harder than ever, further having to adapt, evolve, innovate, communicate and reassure corporate clients (and we know this because we’ve talked to over 30 contract caterers in these last couple of weeks of May).

On the back of a conversation with one of the caterers, we approached 50 corporate companies directly to ask them what the “new normal” looks like to understand, for ourselves, first hand, a sense of market trends (the clients perspective).

CLICK on the below image to see the results and read the entire article published in Hospitality and Catering News.

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COVID-19 | Free Social Distancing Advice for Foodservices

The next few weeks will be crucial for staff restaurants and their supply chains, as businesses that prop up UK economy ramp up to pre COVID-19 to support the health and wellbeing of workforces going back to work. After three months “lost in time”, it’s most critical for staff restaurants feeding the UK economy to maximise the provision of safe and immune-boosting menus as soon as possible.

With businesses re-opening offices, even if to those on foot or within (non-public transport) commutable distances, post COVID-19 staff restaurants must adapt foodservice premises and procedures to keep catering staff and their workforces safe.

TAF today announces FREE professional advice on social distancing and safe operation to foodservice operators managing staff restaurants, through My Compliance People.

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On Sunday 10th May 2020, Boris Johnson offered hope to #ukhospitality outlining the COVID alert level plan and signalling a return to work. I wrote “Foodservice The New Normal” to support UK foodservices in the workplace beyond COVID-19.

CLICK here for the article:

As Boris sought to inspire the British Public against the invisible killer, he said: “We will come back to health. The UK will be changed , more resilient, innovative, more economically dynamic, more generous and sharing.”

Here are our ten key considerations to review when designing future staff restaurants to create the ‘new normal’, based on the latest assessments of Covid-19 market intelligence.

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In celebrating VE Day on Friday, I sought inspiration from our post war time efforts which lead to my 1st article in Hospitality & Catering News article “Foodservice Adapting to Reopening”.

CLICK here to go to the published article:

Important to seek inspiration from history, esp. World War II where some 75 million people died. We had to rebuild our country 75 years ago; we can jolly well collectively do it much quicker with positive mental attitude today.

And if you don’t believe in Boris… it might seem more fitting to reiterate our beloved Queen’s Speech from Friday to the people of UK… “NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER DESPAIR.”

Celebrating victory in Europe on VE Day, we now need to come out of the pandemic with optimism, enthusiasm, collaboration, ambition and … drive victory on Coronavirus “VC Day”.

Be strong ukfoodservices and praise the fantastic efforts of UKHospitality, heed my words, foodservice will rise up to be more powerful than ever before! 

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