Lancashire County Commercial Group is a vital arm of Lancashire County Council, dealing with catering, cleaning and school crossing services throughout Lancashire. Flying Start’s contact is Assistant Director Roger Eakhurst who takes a leading role in the strategic development of the department.
Statistics throw an initial view on the importance of Lancashire County Commercial Group across the county as they organise the service of 55,000 lunches’ daily, clean 750 buildings and see thousands of children safely across the roads to and from their schools.
We chose to concentrate on the catering side of LCCG as they organise the catering for children in over 550 schools in the region. School lunches are of vital importance, so knowing children’s tastes as well as delivering a healthy, balanced menu is a highly skilled and tricky job. The different age groups that are catered for adds another dimension. Menus are regularly updated, use local and seasonal produce and are designed to take into account tough nutritional standards while offering healthier food choices.
In the primary arena, LCCG have introduced a group of characters known as Healthy Heroes to grab the attention of the children and promote the choice of healthy foods. LCCG work in conjunction with Lancashire Healthy Schools and the Healthy Heroes are also part of their educational programmes. As well as Healthy Heroes, there are a number of promotional menus at each school’s discretion e.g. Fireworks Lunch, Roast Dinner Day, Royal Wedding Regal Lunch etc which bring an element of fun and education to each mealtime.
At secondary level LCCG offer the Express Café brand. Teenagers are offered an extensive range of foods that they can enjoy while still meeting nutritional standards. With the slogan “Fresher, Fitter and Faster” the Express Café offers a choice of four set meals as well as a number of individually priced items and it’s not limited to lunchtimes as all schools offer a break and breakfast service.
LCCG go even further. They also offer catering for other school functions apart from breakfasts and lunches for the pupils. There are many occasions when the school will host a number of different functions from retirements to inset days, working lunches to governors meetings. LCCG is ideally placed to fulfil all catering requirements for any of these events.
During 2012, Lancashire County Commercial Group has been involved in a number of important events. Firstly, a new interactive web site was unveiled to allow users access to information about menus, pricing, nutrition, vacancies etc. There is an interactive games section for younger users to help teach them about healthy eating. LCCG were also fortunate to gain funding from the Schools Food Trust to improve the overall satisfaction of pupils by allowing a market research campaign among students. As a result a number of new products were introduced.
Contacting Lancashire County Commercial Group can be done via their web sitehttp://www.servinglancashire.org.uk/catering/contactUs.php or by calling 01772 646817 or you can write to them at;
Lancashire County Commercial Services
Block A, Clayton Green Business Park
Library Road, Clayton-Le-Woods
Chorley, PR6 7EN