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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:52

Stephanie Davies - Founder of Laughology

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Stephanie Davies - Founder of Laughology
Bringing laughter to Conference this year is Stephanie Davies, who is recognised as one of the UK's leading voices in happiness, humour and laughter. 

Her unique approach of Laughology looks at how individuals can be resilient human beings and live lives that flourish. 

With over 12 years' experience in the public and private sector, Stephanie has gained an unsurpassed reputation for designing and delivering interventions in various settings. She has worked to develop happy environments in schools and health settings, and also helped to inspire individuals and teams in large blue chip organisations. 

As an award winning comedian and with her expertise in psychology, Stephanie is one of the most sought after speakers in the circuit. We are delighted to have Stephanie join us to speak about Laughology and how we can unleash potential through laughter.

This session will form one of the afternoon Breakout Sessions on Tuesday 25th July.

Click here to learn more about Laughology.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 17:31

Meet TUCO Category Manager Kim Ashley

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Kim Ashley manages the Meat & Poultry, Sandwiches and Kitchen Equipment Maintenance framework agreements.She is also working on developing a new framework agreement for Kitchen Deep clean & Ventilation. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tell us about the frameworks you look after and what you enjoy about them. 

I look after the Meat & Poultry, Sandwiches and Kitchen Equipment Maintenance categories.  I’m also currently working on developing a new framework agreement for Kitchen Deep Clean & Ventilation.  Being relatively new, I’ve inherited all the categories, so I’m looking forward to re-tendering each of the agreements so that I have the chance to meet with the members, understand their needs and build these requirements into the new deals.

When did you join TUCO?

Late April 2016. 

Tell us a little bit about your working background. 

I’ve been working in procurement for the past 16 years, 15 years of which has been the procurement of Food, Drink and associated catering services.  My career began buying food for the NHS.  I loved this job as the achievement of savings as well as quality improvement had an immediate and positive impact on patient care.

I moved on from the NHS to being the buying manager for the National Union of Students.  This was a fascinating role due to the influence that the student movement had on the procurement of goods.  Understanding ethical and reputational risks within the supply chain was paramount!  Also, working directly with students was invaluable to ensure that products purchased and sold in store were on trend and in line with their budget.

In between the health and education sectors, I worked for a micro sized business which supplied into the education sector; gaining the experience of working for a small supplier has really opened my eyes to the challenges they face when completing OJEU tenders.

What are the major benefits of buying from the TUCO frameworks?

In addition to all the usual benefits of buying from a purchasing consortia (internal time and cost savings, procurement support and expertise, EU compliant tenders, national/regional purchasing power, sustainability, back-up when you’re experiencing issues….), I believe that the greatest benefit is the time that TUCO staff are afforded to spend directly with their members. 

The regional meetings for example, are invaluable both to the procurement team here and I hope to the members.  Without that direct link as a sounding board, we would struggle to create deals that reflect our members requirements.

Members of the regional groups also volunteer to work with the Category Managers throughout the tender process, so that our frameworks can be truly shaped by our members.

Do you have a tip or piece of advice to members on choosing a framework supplier?

Unfortunately, as our members all know, it’s not as simple as that.  ‘Choosing’ a supplier isn’t an option when it comes to EU Procurement.  When you have a requirement, I would suggest visiting the TUCO web site and downloading and reading through the buyer’s guide to see how best to call off from the agreement.  Though to be more proactive, I would suggest completing our category research surveys, attending regional meetings and sharing your wants with us in advance of the tender so that we can try to incorporate these into the framework.  This would make the job of calling-off from the agreement much more satisfying!  

Monday, 17 July 2017 20:02

Pricing Bulletin from 03-July-17 to 18-July-17

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Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements


Enotria & Coe


Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

Bunzl T/A Lockhart


Handmade Speciality Products

Frozen & Chilled


Fruit & Veg

GW Price

Ron Chalker

The Veg Factor

W.H.Grinnall Limited

Hot Beverage

Bewleys (Peros)

Matthew Algie




Please note there are amended product files for the below suppliers




Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals



Chef in a Box


Simply Lunch


New documents

Coca Cola - Sugar Tax explained, June NPD

Brakes - Summer Market Report

Oliver Kay - Buyers update

A David - Buyers Update

 Kitchen Equipment Maintenance - Updated review meeting notes



The University of Manchester and Bruntwood have announced that the co-op Loungers and Five Guys will be opening at the recently launched Green site, part of the €1bn campus masterplan and redevelopment.

Loungers will occupy a 3,175 sq ft unit and will be open day and night all week, providing a space for 120 covers to students and the public. Five Guys will occupy a 3,175 sq ft ground floor restaurant, bringing the traditional American diner concept to the university, including burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes, for over 88 covers. Co-op Food will take a 4,656 sq ft unit and will feature new company branding Diana Hampson, director of estates and facilities at the University of Manchester, said: "This string of recent signings show the strength and belief in the future success of the development. University Green will certainly enhance the dining offer for the university and surrounding area, and provide sociable spaces and greater choice for students, staff and local residents." All sites will open in summer 2018. When complete, the scheme will provide 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space across 12 units. Award-winning artisan coffee shop, Takk, has already been confirmed for the site.

Friday, 14 July 2017 17:40

16 cyclists take part in the TUCO Cycle Challenge!

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Only nine days to go until our 16 cyclists take part in the TUCO Cycle Challenge!
Participants are well into their training and have raised a whopping ££2,751.39 so far!
Let's continue working together and get this figure up to our target of £5,000 before the challenge starts.If you are an avid cyclist and would like to take part register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and start your training today.TUCO has set up a fundraising page via Mary’s Meals for you to leave donations directly on their website, we’ve set ourselves a target of £5,000 and donations are already coming in.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:08

University of Brighton Case Study

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‘Five years ago people would have said it’s too expensive. It’s second nature now and the costs are coming down.’ The ‘it’ in question is a commitment to sustainability and Julie Barker, director of accommodation and hospitality services at University of Brighton, can point to her team’s latest award as evidence. Brighton scooped the university/college category at the Cost Sector Catering Awards for its successful business growth – proof that there doesn’t have to be a trade-off between profit and a green ethos.This followed on from winning a Catey for sustainable business in 2016...

Click here to find out more...

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:09

TUCO Conference App - Everything you need in one place!

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Enhance your experience at this year's TUCO Conference by downloading our 2017 app today.
You can now access ALL of the important event information from the palm of your hand without having to carry round a handful of printed material...

On the app you can also browse the full exhibitor list, profiles, stand numbers, locations and even a floor plan of where you will find them!

Take a look at the full evening social programme listings with information on; where we will be, what's happening, transport times and even dress codes.

How to download?

To download the app, simply visit the Google Play or AppStore on your phone and search for TUCO Conference.





Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:04

Meet TUCO Category Manager: Mandy Johnston

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Mandy Johnston manages the Soft Drinks, Vending, Dipchem, and new Waste DPS TUCO frameworks. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q. Tell us about the frameworks you look after and what you enjoy about them.

A. The Soft Drinks, Vending and Dipchem framework agreements are well established and have good, collaborative relationships with suppliers. When we renewed the Vending framework we tried a different approach as suppliers and members required a more bespoke contract. This has had some good outcomes with spend increasing year on year. The Waste tender is a new framework and I have enjoyed researching the subject and meeting with potential suppliers. The tender working party has excelled at creating the strategy and tender documents. It should be available to members mid-July/August 2017. I have met wonderful people in this role who have made me feel welcome within the TUCO family.

Q. Sustainability is a big part of your role. What does this involve?

A. I fell into sustainability in my last role at UCLan where I worked with the sustainability team on procurement documents, flexiable framework and internal documents and I taught sustainability on the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply module. Sustainability is important to me as it ensures that generations ahead of us can live as we do.Being a Nanna to five grandons, I like to think I’m helping achieve sustainable development in the UK to allow sustainable growth in member communities. Sustainability has grown rapidly at TUCO. We have a Sustainability Group and provide access to the NETpositive supplier development tool. We have partnerships with the EAUC and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and are a signature to WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2015 agreement. This is fantastic for members and shows how TUCO supports their commitments to sustainability.

Q. Do you have a tip for choosing a framework supplier?

A. Always read the buyer’s guide provided with each framework agreement. They explain which further competition processes are available to the member. Also, be openminded. As 75% of our suppliers are SMEs, members can form good,multually beneficial relationships with them.


Framework Updates



The tender working party are meeting again in July to finalise the specification and tender documents for this new TUCO framework.


This agreement will expire on 31st December and will be re-tendered. Feedback on the category would be welcomed to feed into the tender process.


This is a new agreement which will be tendered this year. The tender working party meeting was held on 16th February. As the Bristol online survey yielded little response, we are keen for members to contact us directly if they have any specific requirements that they would like us to build into the tender. We are also keen to have representation from estates departments to form part of this tender working party. If you or one of your colleagues would like to join, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Annual review meetings were held with incumbent suppliers on 10th May, with meetings planned for those who didn’t attend. Meeting notes will be available at tuco.ac.uk.


This contract is due to expire on 30th June 2018. The tender process will commence in late autumn 2017. We are keen to investigate whether a TUCO meal deal would be beneficial to members. If you have any views on this, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Plans were for two tender processes, but in the first process only four suppliers returned a submission for the ‘off-site sustainable food waste collection service’ and ‘waste oil recycling’. These suppliers didn’t give national coverage, so we have archived this tender process and added both Lots to the new DPS Food Waste tender. This was issued to suppliers on 22nd May and the return date is 22nd June. The process will be closed for four weeks to assess returns. The Lots are:

• Lot 1 – On-site food waste management

• Lot 2 - Disposable cups

• Lot 3 - Coffee grounds

• Lot 4 – Off-site sustainable food waste collection service

• Lot 5 - Waste oil recycling



Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:14

July 2017 Magazine out now!

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tuco mag July 2017


As we come to the end of the 2016-17 academic year, when we can hear the sounds of thousands of corks being popped open for graduation ceremonies across the country, it can only mean one thing, the TUCO Conference! I can’t wait to see you there and raise a glass or two of our own in Nottingham.

You may have already noticed that if you fl ip us upside down you will fi nd the TUCO Conference programme. I’m sure you’ll agree that there will be plenty to pack in over three days and we have some great speakers lined up. Back at home, and as the students leave and the conference season really kicks in, many of you will be busy costing up your menus for the new year, sourcing new products, introducing new food concepts and maybe even refurbishing an outlet or two. The TUCO Study Tours can offer you so much inspiration, from sprucing up your back bar bottles to creating a totally authentic international menu. Already this year TUCO members have been jetting off around the UK and Europe and we’re so looking forward to hearing from the TUCO Study Tour teams when they return from India, New Orleans and Milan over the coming months.

These are a brilliant benefi t to your TUCO membership and if you need any more convincing, turn to page 24 where we have reports from three of our recent trips to San Sebastián, Edinburgh and Rungis. You’ll be signing up in no time. We have a packed issue this month, with a look at how Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge is transforming its menus to focus on non-meat options (page 12), highlights of our latest research into Business Models for Higher Education Catering (page 20), and we take a look at Thai food concept Thaikhun in Nottingham (page 54) – if you have the time to go! 

Matt White
Chair of TUCO

Click here to read the full magazine...

Education proving it is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in UK and Ireland
This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.
Having been a leading participant in the United Nations negotiations to develop 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development – the UK and Ireland must fulfil its commitment to deliver the Goals. For this to happen, it is clear from the hundreds of applicants to the Green Gown Awards that the Government must invest more in the solutions being developed in our Higher and Further Education institutes. They are leading the way as agents of change within our communities at home and abroad.
After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 113 finalists across 15 categories. These projects range from electric pool cars to music albums dedicated to climate change. They include ambitious zero carbon targets, pioneering new ways to create heat sources from waste and the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.
The finalists represent nearly 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff leading the way with their commitment to the global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
Some are ensuring sustainability is at the heart and stomach of their kitchens. Others have looked at the journey fashion products take from raw materials to final garment; worked internationally making sustainable differences in sanitation; and enabled students to learn about biodiversity by anthropomorphising animals on social media. The variation and creativity is heartening and reflective of sustainability forcing its way up the list of global priorities.
This year, applicants were tasked with outlining how their sustainability projects incorporated the global SDGs for the first time. All applicants listed at least one SDG they were delivering. Two thirds (66%) of this year’s finalists - making it the most popular - listed ‘sustainable cities and communities’ as an SDG they are delivering. Meanwhile just under half (46%) are working towards ‘responsible consumption and production’ and one in two put forward projects that improved ‘quality education’. There are also some surprising development goals being tackled in tertiary education, with 37% stating they are delivering against the ‘climate action’ SDG and one in four delivering ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’.
Between the finalists, the projects touch on every department and permeate across the whole curriculum. They are conducted by students, staff, academics, external stakeholders and can be found all across the UK and Ireland.
These initiatives are a shining example of the power post-16 education possesses and the seriousness with which it takes its responsibility in creating a better world and a new generation of leaders.
Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the EAUC, said: “With the EAUC’s new strategy to reposition and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, this year’s Green Gown Award applications reflect the potential of sustainability to solve the sectors most critical
problems. Every day, tireless environmental and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and making sustainability just good business. The Green Gown Awards exist to give them the recognition and platform they need to do even more.”
Winners are announced on 15 November 2017 at The Monastery, Manchester.
Finalists include:
Green Gown Awards 2017 - Finalists
Best Newcomer
Borders College - Flushed with success! A UK first in sustainable energy from waste water
MidKent College - We can see the wood from the trees!
Northumbria University - Improving sustainability together – our success story (so far…)
Southampton Solent University - Environmental and sustainability strategy – Waste improvement
Carbon Reduction
Category Supporter: The Energy Consortium
Goldsmiths, University of London - The Energy Detectives – investigating and solving energy waste across campus
Newcastle University - Newcastle University’s car(bon) reduction
Northumbria University - From carbon ambitions to carbon success
The College of West Anglia - Greening West Anglia
The London School of Economics and Political Science - Achieving carbon reductions above and beyond the basics!
The University of Nottingham - Medical School carbon reduction strategies
University of Chester - Lights, solar, action!
University of Reading - Smashing 35
Anglia Ruskin University - Sustainable Sainji: A community focused learning partnership
Ayrshire College - The Older Adult Group
Coventry University, The University of Warwick and Coventry City Council - Green Week takes Coventry by storm (or soup)
Durham University - Green Move Out
Durham University - Van Mildert College Outreach
Sheffield Hallam University - Snug not smug
Students’ Union at Bournemouth University - Down by the river- BU students connecting the local community to wildlife
University of Bradford Union of Students - Choices 4 all: Get out be active
University of Brighton - Community21 – Embedding the University of Brighton School of Architecture and Design into a local and international sustainable development network
University of the West of England, Bristol - Hands on Bristol - Live architecture lab
Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change#
Category Supporter: Scottish Funding Council
Aston University - Embedding sustainability at Aston University
Canterbury Christ Church University - Building a sustainable future: From start to beginning
Goldsmiths, University of London - Continually greening Goldsmiths
London Metropolitan University - Going above and beyond!
University of Edinburgh - Zero by 2040 – The University of Edinburgh’s climate strategy
University of Leicester - Leicester: Talkin’ bout our evolution Employability*
Leeds Trinity University - Industry-relevant work experience for every student at Leeds Trinity University
Nottingham Trent University - Future-proof your career
Perth College UHI - Don’t waste your e-waste
Queen Mary University of London - Green Mary careers week
Queen’s University Belfast - Queen’s University Belfast’s ‘Environmental Leadership Programme’
University of Exeter- Dip, Dabble, Dive and Thrive – integrating sustainability in the extra-curriculum
University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - Balancing the books: Creating a model of responsible fashion business education
University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Inspiring the future generation - INSPIRE student internships
Cardiff University - Realising your business potential
City College Peterborough - CommUNITY meet and eat
Imperial College London - Kenya Jiko Stove
London Metropolitan University - The Big Idea Challenge
Manchester Metropolitan University - MetMUnch
SHRUB Co-op Edinburgh and The University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh’s Swap and Reuse Hub (SHRUB) Co-operative
The University of Nottingham - Enactus Nottingham – Creating business, transforming lives
The University of Warwick - Project Baala: A real solution not insanitary - Student led social impact
University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - Blockchain in fashion
University of the West of England, Bristol - Team entrepreneurship – Students building sustainable businesses
University of Worcester - Green now white bags: Five years skilling students – a University/City recycling collaboration Facilities and Services
Loughborough University - Maintaining the green. Living the sporting dream
Middlesex University - MDX freewheelers
Middlesex University - MDX goes green
Sheffield Hallam University - Closing the waste loop
Sheffield Hallam University - Driving towards a sustainable fleet
Sheffield Hallam University - Greening our printing
The University of Birmingham and UniGreenScheme - University of Birmingham trials UniGreenSchemes resale service and in one year diverts 27,500kg into reuse and saves £45,000
University of Cumbria - University of Cumbria utilise AquaFund to smash sustainability goals for water, CO2 emissions and costs
University of Gloucestershire - Power of the purse: Responsible procurement that reaches our people, projects and partners
University of the West of England, Bristol - Together in electric dreams Food and Drink
Category Supporter: TUCO
Loughborough University - Ditching the disposable for...The Loughborough Cup… Another inspiring winner!
The University of Nottingham - Enactus Nottingham - Foodprint
The University of Winchester - The big Winchester coffee cup innovation of 2016/17: From 3 to 33 in 100
University of Cambridge - Making the right choice easy - Tasty food with a lower environmental impact
University of Chester - Just the VEGANning
University of the West of England, Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE - Project Fairtrade - Making a world of difference at UWE Bristol
Learning and Skills
Bournemouth University - Greening the screen; facing the challenge of embedding education for sustainable development into higher education media production courses
Nottingham Trent University - Challenge days for challenging times
The University of Manchester - Whole institution sustainability engagement through innovative learning programmes
University of Edinburgh - Vets go green!
University of Gloucestershire - Lighting the way for sustainability: Educating the educators of Europe as beacons of change
Research and Development
Category Supporter: SALIX
Zainab Bibi - University of Bristol
Thomas Fudge - Brunel University
Emily Haggett - University of Southampton
Jessica Klaver - University College Dublin
Laura J Salisbury - University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion
Gemma Small - University of Salford
Oxford Brookes University - The Green Guide to Specification – An environmental profiling system for construction materials
University of Salford - The Energy House
University of the West of England, Bristol - International Water Security Network
Student Engagement#
Ayrshire College - Park Life
Cranfield University - Bottom up, top down, meet with outstanding student engagement at Cranfield
London Metropolitan University - You heard it through the green vine
London South Bank University - Who cares about the Earth? Whole Earth brings a way to communicate sustainability through photography to our students!
The University of Nottingham - When beasties go large: #beastsofUoN
University of London - Reduce the juice
University of Winchester - This changes everything: 11 songs about climate change
University of Worcester - Go Green Week: From campus to city - students lead the way
Sustainability Reporting Category Supporter: PwC UK
City University of London
Queen Mary University of London
The London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Cambridge
University of Leeds
University of Oxford
University of the West of England, Bristol
University of Worcester
Category Supporter: Interface
Angus Allan - South Lanarkshire College
David Duncan - University of Glasgow
Chris Jagger - The University of Nottingham
Professor John O’Halloran - University College Cork
Professor Eunice Simmons - Nottingham Trent University
Professor Christine Willmore - University of Bristol
Sustainability Champion Award
Navdeep Dhuti - London South Bank University
Thomas Haines - The Students’ Union at UWE
Indy Sira - The University of Warwick Staff
Paul Dingley - The Students’ Union at UWE
Bernard Freeman - King’s College London
Sarah Gretton - University of Leicester
Anne Perkins - Aston University
Shaunagh Smith - University of Chester
Dr Michelle Williams - University of Gloucestershire
Sustainability Professional Award
Category Supporter: EAUC
Matthew Arnold - University of Sussex
Paul Crossley - London South Bank University
Georgina Gough - University of the West of England, Bristol
Simon Kemp - University of Southampton
Tom Parkes - University of Brighton



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