Local businesses encouraged to apply for catering opportunities in Hackney parks

LOCAL businesses are being offered the opportunity to run temporary catering facilities in 10 of the boroughs parks and green spaces.
Between June and November 2013 temporary mobile catering facilities will be trialled in: Haggerston Park, Well St Common, Millfields, Mark St Garden, Hackney Road Recreation Ground and Homerton Grove.
From June 2013 to April 2014 catering facilities will be also be trialled at Shoreditch Park, London Fields, Hackney Downs and Stonebridge Gardens.
Councillor Jonathan McShane Cabinet Member for Health Social Care and Culture said: “Hackney has some of the most beautiful and popular parks in London. Now we want to give people greater choice and better facilities in more of the borough's green spaces. We want to use this as an opportunity to support local businesses by offering those interested, a chance to apply to run catering facilities in one of the new locations.”
Hackney Council is committed to improving its parks and green spaces and to giving people who visit better facilities and more choice. Through these contracts the Council is looking to appoint companies that will supply quality, healthy and nutritious food and drinks. To support this aim the Council will award the contract based on 75% quality of the catering and only 25% on the financial package.

As this is a trial the Council is asking each company that applies to include in their tender how much rent they think they should pay. To further support the application by small local businesses the maximum number of sites that can be operated by one contractor will be three. The cater will also have to register with the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Interested businesses will find the invitation to tender documents at Deadline for tenders is 5 April 2013.
The information gathered by the catering facilities during this trial period will be used by the Council to shape proposals for the future of catering services in the borough’s parks and green spaces.