allmanhall’s story began back in 2006, when over a family meal at home in Wiltshire, a father and son first envisioned the premise of allmanhall. That father and son were Edward Hall and Oliver Hall, both of whom are still very much involved in the business today and have gone on to become our Chair and Managing Director, respectively. allmanhall was scoped and launched – from the family garden shed – with one clear purpose; to inspire improvement in catering and foodservice. This initial mission has shaped allmanhall into the team, company, and support service that it is today.
Growth mindset – inspiring improvement!
In 2007, we signed our first client, St Paul’s Girls’ School, who are still with us today! By 2011, team growth saw us move to new office, The Old Malthouse, which would remain our base for the next 10 years. The Old Malthouse would remain our base for the next 10 years! In this year we also hit £5 million turnover for the first time, and expanded our services to include food service consultancy and dietetic expertise. This added value is still a key part of our provision. For more details of the foodservice consultancy support we provide, click here.
This period of growth also allowed us to expand our focus even more, to our clients’ communities as well as the local community. We were able to further develop our team’s skills and expertise, encouraging a growth mindset and investing even more heavily in our workforce, whilst prioritising their well-being and welfare. Our dedication to delivering for our clients is reflected in 99% retention. On average our clients have been with us for 7 years or more and 20% have been with us over 10 years! Our commitment to our team is also award-winning and is reflected in the Gold Investors in People status and in the longstanding service of our employees. Many have now reached their 5th and 10th work anniversaries and a couple have even celebrated 15 years here!
During thus time, we began to focus more on our corporate social responsibility and in 2013, we began supporting Jamie’s Farm… A charity crucial to the rehabilitation of youth in need, equipping them to thrive.
Encouraging and empowering everyone to make a positive difference.
Sharing and celebrating success
We celebrated a decade of allmanhall in 2016, having grown from a father-son team to a growing company of 34 people! During this period, we were looking after over 100 clients, inspiring movement across sectors including education, care, business & industry, leisure and contract catering. In 2017 we won the Wiltshire Business of the Year for Customer and Staff Care. We have also helped our clients win a number of awards and accreditations.
Our development of The Pass in 2018 allowed clients to access resources, reports, updates and information in one place, easing the day–to–day management of their operations and the sharing of knowledge and insights. Similarly, 2019 saw the conception of our quarterly e-magazine, Foodsight, as another additional resource for our clients.
Responding to a changing world
The pandemic instigated a torrent of changes across the education, care and catering sectors, forcing people to rethink the way they operated and to reflect on their needs. These changes required us to be adaptive and flexible at such an uncertain time. Our support was unwavering, resulting in awards for Customer Service Excellence and Best Food Procurement Specialists in 2021. We have since won Best Food Procurement Specialists a further 2 times, in 2022 and 2023.
We were delighted with the build of our new office – a barn conversion to call home as we returned from working from home! This has become a place to collaborate, belong and inspire each other to share ideas and knowledge to deliver improvements for clients.
We also moved our focus and mission even more towards one of the importance of sustainability in food supply. In 2023, we had our Science-Based Target Initiative verified and our pledge to lower emissions has been published on the SBTI website. We are officially signed up and committed to net zero! And we have also been accepted onto the UN Global Compact. Our quest for responsible and sustainable food supply is well underway. We’re working in exclusive partnership with Foodsteps to support clients carry our recipe carbon-impact assessments and we’re educating and promoting hero dishes.
The present day
Now a team of around 45 people, we’re going strong and were delighted to be awarded Investors in People Gold in 2023.
In 2022 and 2023, we hosted networking and knowledge sharing events – Caterers’ Forums. These have been so well received by clients that we will be doing more in the future! We’re also supporting the NACC, as premier partners, MATPN and the ISBA to deliver webinars, exhibitions, events and more.
As mentioned, these last 2 years have also seen us embed our commitment to reducing emissions and influencing more sustainable supply chains. We’re working in partnership with EcoVadis, Greenly, Science Based Targets, UN Global Compact, Wildfarmed, Devil’s Kitchen, ProVeg, Foodsteps and of course with all our suppliers and clients.
We’re on a mission to ensure good food shouldn’t cost the earth and know that collaboration is the only way to make this happen.
Our eMagazine market report publication, Foodsight continues to be very well received and we’re widely approached for expert comment on everything to do with responsible and sustainable food supply, catering cost savings and quality improvement.
What does the future hold?
Our purpose is to deliver sustainable value. This encompasses our focus on the significance of sustainability, whilst also referring our initial and founding vision; to inspire improvement, providing good quality food at the most affordable prices. We pride ourselves on the importance of supporting our clients and on strong, long-term relationships. Unprecedented food inflation levels have created huge pressures for those in our industry. Continuing to deliver within budget, despite rising prices is something we are continuing to help our clients with.