The Sunday Times Best Companies has named Connect Catering as the 2nd best place to work in the United Kingdom. The wellbeing of their staff ranked 2nd nationally as Connect’s strongest factor.

Connect create workplace environments that enable each person to perform at their best and this is why they have such committed and dedicated employees. Each employee understands that they contribute to the success of the company and their engagement, passion and expertise delivers the results the clients and customers are looking for. The competition measures 8 factors of workplace engagement including team work, leadership, well being and personal growth.

We understand that happy and engaged employees outperform expectations every time – this fantastic placing in The Sunday Times Best Companies endorses how we achieve results and every client and customer benefits from delicious fresh food and excellent service.

Louise Laver, Joint Managing Director

Connect has ranked on the list every year since first entering in 2012, achieving a prestigious spot in the top twenty for the past eight years running. Communication is key to their success by keeping all 426 employees well informed through a monthly newsletter, regular meetings with the Operations team and two conferences a year. The clear message at Connect is that they will grow stronger by working together as a team. They ensure everyone feels like they are truly part of the Connect Catering family.

We are celebrating 30 years of Connect this year and this award is truly the icing on the cake! We work hard to engage all team members – we are located on 74 different sites, so the emphasis on good communication is essential to make sure everybody feels part of the Connect team. Our clients and customers receive the highest standards of fresh food and service from our skilled teams who are engaged, focused and supported. Louise and I made iced shortbread biscuits for every team member to celebrate 30 years – our longevity is down to our amazing Connect team!

Kate Bendall, Joint Managing Director

The focus Connect makes in the engagement, support and training of employees is clearly identified at the transfer of a contract, when under Connect management, catering staff rediscover their work mojo. They are transformed into cohesive and happy teams who are motivated, skilled and cheerful causing a big upward spike in meals eaten whenever Connect takes over a contract. This benefits the client by the value for money that is delivered. The root of Connect’s success is their talent for spotting, developing and engaging passionate people who truly care about the food and service they deliver everyday.

Lots of companies talk about the training and development of their staff. We actually do it; we treat each employee’s training needs individually to ensure they feel confident in the job they do.

Louise Laver, Joint Managing Director

Connect never stand still; they constantly review, innovate and introduce new ideas and promotions to ensure each unique client has a vibrant, value for money service. Connect encourage culinary flair and their trainers deliver full courses and refreshers in kitchen skills such as sushi preparation, sugar craft, catering for special diets, artisan breadmaking, dry ice and fish cookery. Innovation trips to street food stalls in London and trade shows help keep our employees’ passion for food alive.

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