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Compass Group UK & Ireland
Compass House
Guildford Street
KT16 9BQ
Tel. 0044 1932573000
Fax 01932569956


United Kingdom

Company Profile:

Compass Group UK & Ireland is a world-leading food and support services provider. We operate across the core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare, Education, Defence, Offshore & Remote and Sport, Leisure & Hospitality with a broad client portfolio.

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Jan 27, 2016

Compass Group UK & Ireland recognised as Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

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Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest catering firm, has been named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the first time at the National Apprenticeship Awards on Tuesday.

The list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service, and sponsored by City & Guilds, recognises the businesses that display the highest standards of excellence in employing apprentices.

The list was announced during the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, in London.

Compass Group UK & Ireland was shortlisted for the list after winning the BT Award for the West Midlands Macro Employer of the Year at the Regional Apprenticeship Awards in October.

Melanie Hayes, Resourcing and Developing Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “It is a great achievement to be named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list.

“Apprentices make up a valuable part of our business and as a leading apprenticeship employer we are very passionate about training those who we employ at the start of their careers with the right skills and knowledge for their future and for our business.”

As a whole, Compass Group UK & Ireland employs around 500 apprentices a year across the business with a view to increase the number of apprenticeships on offer in the future.

Commenting on Compass being named a top 100 Apprenticeship Employer, Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list 2015 demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation.

“These top 100 apprenticeship employers have made a difference to the lives of young people by investing in their future whilst apprentices themselves help employers to develop a skilled, qualified workforce that builds a stronger economy.

“Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for young people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning.

“I hope that the success of these Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers will encourage more businesses across England to follow their example and find out how apprenticeships can help grow a skilled and highly qualified workforce.”

Jan 21, 2016

Compass Group’s Melanie Hayes appointed to BIS Apprenticeship Board

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Melanie Hayes, Resourcing and Development Director, for Compass Group UK & Ireland, has been appointed to a new Apprenticeship Delivery Board by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The appointment was celebrated during an apprenticeship event hosted by the Prime Minister at Downing Street on 18 January 2016.

Melanie is one of seven business leaders appointed to the new board chaired by the Prime Minister’s apprenticeship advisor Nadhim Zahawi MP, and businessman David Meller.

The board has been set up to encourage businesses to develop quality apprenticeships across various sectors.

Melanie Hayes, Resourcing and Development Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “It was a great evening celebrating the employment of apprentices and the launch of the new board.

“Apprenticeships are a great career choice that genuinely offer fantastic development opportunities for those involved. I am looking forward to engaging with employers to raise awareness and to encourage businesses to boost the delivery of top quality apprenticeship programmes.

“Compass Group UK & Ireland is one of the UK’s leading apprenticeship employers, currently employing 500 apprentices a year. We are committed to further developing our apprenticeship programme with the view to significantly increasing the number of apprenticeships we offer.”

The Prime Minister hosted the reception for 150 guests which included apprentices and the companies that support them, to recognise their success.

Commenting on the government’s apprenticeship pledge, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Three million more apprenticeships by 2020 means even more life changing opportunities for our young people. More than that, apprenticeships make sense for business. That’s why some of the country’s top business leaders are coming together to bang the drum for apprenticeships.

“We are putting employers at the heart of quality apprenticeships so that young people get the skills they need to succeed. Today we are celebrating everything that apprenticeships have to offer businesses and young people.”

One of Compass’ businesses Payne and Gunter, the specialist catering wing of Levy Restaurants UK, provided catering for the event.

Altogether, six apprentices from across the company were working at the event, with four front of house and two culinary apprentices, who were able to showcase their skills through preparing canapés for guests.

Paige Cooke, 17, an academy intermediate Professional cookery apprentice, said: “It was great to take part in such an event. It is such an amazing opportunity to meet David Cameron and to be chosen from so many people to help cater for the guests.”

Shannon Loughlin, 22, a Chef Academy intermediate Professional cookery apprentice, added: “It was such an honour to meet David Cameron and to take part in the event.”

“As an apprentice, it was such an amazing opportunity to be chosen as one of two to help cater for the event.”

Jan 20, 2016

VSG enters 2016 on a high

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Vision Security Group (VSG) – the security specialist company, a division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, finished 2015 on a high after achieving year on year revenue growth of 13.3%, as well as securing a number of significant industry wins.

VSG provides security services across the UK & Ireland and has become the fastest growing company in the security sector since being established in 2000.

One of the key growth areas for VSG was in its shopping centre business where it grew its portfolio by 14.2%.

In addition to a string of new contract wins in sectors including Retail and Distribution, Corporate and Managing Agents, the company also achieved a 95% retention rate across the business.

VSG further cemented its position as one of the leading security solutions companies in the UK, after winning eight “British Security Industry Associations” awards over the last year, as well as being named as a Britain’s Top Employer by the “Top Employers Institute” for the fourth year running.

Other top award wins include the “Premises and Facilities Management Partners in Expert Services” award and the BSIA Chairman’s award for Health & Safety Training.

Barry Dawson, Business Director at VSG, said: “2015 was a fantastic year for us and we have a very positive outlook for 2016.

“We believe one of the keys to our success is our people agenda. We have invested significantly in our people through our unique training and development programmes, staff engagement surveys and regular face to face employee consultative meetings, ensuring clients are being provided with a continues great service.

“Having such a high client retention rate is testament to the hard work of our team to deliver on what we promise.”

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