Paul Freeston, CEO of apetito, the leading food producer for the Health and Social Care Sector, addressed over 250 leaders within the business at the company’s annual Leadership Forum, held on the 10th and 11th November 2015.
Hosted at Trowbridge Civic Centre, the Leadership Forum focused around the four key pillars at the heart of apetito; great food, enhancing health and well-being, passionate service and ethical and sustainable practises.
The Forum played host to an exclusive Farmers Market, which displayed a host of produce including British and Irish beef and lamb, 100% sustainable fish and a cheese warehouse. The Market showcased an eclectic mix of the company’s supply partners, ingredients and the finished dishes that these go into, giving attendees a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand the produce which feeds thousands of vulnerable and elderly people every year.
In addition, there were also four key workshops which gave attendees real insight into the challenges the Health and Social care sector face on a daily basis and to hear more about how this innovative company is making a real difference.
- The “Great Food To Be Proud Of” workshop replicated a tasting in a care home and bought to life the challenges around delivering great quality, nutritious food, whilst catering for a variety of specialist dietary needs.
The event climaxed on the second and final evening with a glittering gala dinner, where the winners of the ‘Team apetito Awards’ and ‘Chef of the Year’ were announced.
Speaking about the event, Paul Freeston, said: “2015 has been a continuing year of success in terms of both innovation and growth. This year’s Forum was not only a chance to celebrate this success but to also work collaboratively with our people and prepare for the road ahead. We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the leading food producer for the sector and understand we need to continue to innovate and challenge ourselves to continue to remain at the forefront.
“Most importantly, the Leadership Forum strived to reinforce that sense of pride all our people have in working for a business that truly aims to make a real difference to the lives of our customers and encourage our staff to excel in their specialised areas.”
apetito is committed to the wellbeing of its employees. As well as uniting Senior Managers at the annual Forum, earlier this year, the company announced its commitment that 100% of its employees will be earning the Living Wage, or higher, as from early 2016. apetito is also committed to making a wider Social Contribution through its Charity of the Year and Staff Foundation, which has provided over £140,000 of donations to local charities and clubs.