Specialist school catering company, Alliance in Partnership (AiP) is celebrating 20 years in business this month
Founded in June 1998, AiP is now headed by three directors, Paul Rogers, Sally Tyson and Angela Austin who undertook a management buyout from the original founders on their retirement in 2014.
Today AiP serves more than 75,000 meals a day at 377 schools and colleges in the Midlands, London and the South East. The company acquired Class Catering based in the Worcester and Warwickshire area in 2014 and then Kent-based The Contract Dining Company in 2017. AiP employs more than 1600 staff and has a turnover of c £32 million.
Celebrating AiP’s 20th birthday, Paul Rogers Managing Director said: “AiP has grown considerably in the last few years through organic growth and acquisition but we have also stayed true to our ethos of supplying high quality, locally sourced and seasonal meals at quality prices.
“We have introduced distinct branding in both primary and secondary schools and we also push the boundaries with innovative food concepts such as street food to stay ahead of market trends. This means students enjoy their school meals and head teachers are assured of an inspirational and properly managed catering service. Our customer-based approach where we always strive to find a solution has been integral to our success.
“However, our 20-year anniversary wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of everyone in the AiP team – development chefs, managers, and of course the front-line staff who welcome thousands of hungry school children into their dining rooms every day with a home cooked meal and a smile.”