Nathan Jennings, Education Director

We know that schools and universities have a need to balance strict budgets alongside the requirement of providing healthy and nutritious meals for students and pupils.

EF-groups Education Director, Nathan Jennings, gives us insight into how our education clients benefit from affordable and simplified solutions, leaving them to focus on fuelling young minds.

Working with over nine hundred schools and universities across the UK, we provide solutions and expertise that give our education clients the freedom, reliability, and flexibility to provide their students with fresh, nutritious meals every day of the week.

We know that school and university catering teams have a lot on their plates, from following government nutrition guidelines to managing procurement budgets there is a lot to think about and now, more than ever the education sector are looking for digital solutions to solve on-going challenges.

Our Freshmarkets solution removes the heavy administration burden and gives full end to end visibility and control of procurement processes, from consolidated invoicing and supply chain management to Power BI-dashboards and integration with cloud-based software, such as CYPAD. Plus, our benchmarking provision, provides clients with full oversight of ongoing spend and cost-saving opportunities. We work with our education clients to build an ethical supply chain that works for them across all purchasing categories. From food and beverages to cleaning products and stationary items, our Freshmarkets solution handles them all, taking multiple orders from multiple vendors and turning them into one easy to manage purchasing process.

In addition to this our CaterCloud software allows our clients to manage menus, food safety and costs, and gives full control and peace of mind on all thing’s food legislation! From compliant sandwich labels to QR code allergen displays, our advanced technology is ready to help you take on the everyday challenges that your sector demands.

We’ve got a very experienced team here at EF and with 160 years of procurement and menu management experience, it was no surprise that we were asked to take part in The Great Big! School Meals Debate back in February in conjunction with LACA and Contract Catering Magazine, where a selection of key attendees discussed the challenges currently facing the sector and how innovative technology can drive change for a brighter future.

And speaking of events, we’re attending the ISBA 2023 Annual Conference from 23 – 25 May, here in Manchester. This event will be a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the work we do in partnership with our education clients, we will be sharing our recent digital transformation journey and demonstrating our intelligent software solutions to those we have not yet met within the education sector. If you are attending or exhibiting, please pop down and visit us on Stand 162, I would love to meet you to show you how we can add value to your business.

In the meantime if you’d like to know more about our education solutions, please visit our Education page, email me at or call me directly on 07800 570010.