Jan 2014 - A LIFETIME’S WORK IN ONE NIGHT…

Dine Contract Catering's co-founder and hands-on Chairman, Jim Cartwright, was given a standing ovation by 350 of his industry peers, when he was awarded the FSM Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the Hospitality Sector at the end of last year.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house at the glittering FSM Awards’ ceremony when Jim was called to the stage and presented with his Award.  Hosted by TV personality Mark Durden-Smith, FSM recognised the incredible contribution that Jim has made to the world of catering (from schools to workplace) across the UK - over the past 40 years - since his career in hospitality started at the age of 15.

Jim and his son, Ian - who is now Managing Director of Dine Contract Catering and is following in his father's footsteps - continue to make a real difference to our industry. But what may be less known by our clients and friends, is that Jim has led the way in foodservice provision for many years. Indeed, we are proud to say that he has been ahead of his time in many respects...

He was championing the school meals’ cause well ahead of Jamie Oliver and created a highly successful business, delivering home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals across the country.  He implemented GDAs into all menus (guideline daily allowance) driving healthy eating and total transparency years before the Government launched its own ‘responsibility deal’ asking providers to do just that. His ethos of EAT WELL, LIVE WELL, DINE WELL remains the backbone of Dine Contract Catering’s principles today.

As Chairman of the BHA (British Hospitality Association)’ Contract Catering Panel, he was pivotal in shaping and driving legislation around VAT in Hospitality and TUPE to protect workers’ rights.  His work here has positively benefits thousands of individuals around the UK. Employees stay with him for a lifetime and he is a strong advocate of vocational training, youth employment and apprenticeships.

Jim has always been 100% committed to his own team and an inspirational leader and, his son, Ian is 'a chip off the old block' taking Dine Contract Catering forward into the future and driving fresh innovation and thinking in line with our customer's own needs.

As a business, we are incredibly proud of Jim’s fantastic achievements and the Award is incredible recognition for one of the nicest men in the industry, who continues to lead the way in improving nutrition, health and wellness in contract catering...



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