The Energy, Government and Infrastructure sector of ESS, part of Compass Group UK and Ireland, has secured the Bedfordshire Police as its latest catering contract.\r\n\r\nESS said that key to the award was the company\u2019s \u201ccommitment to welfare through a variety of food offerings and environments that enable officers and staff to relax during their breaks\u201d.\r\n\r\nIt also met the client\u2019s objective of providing \u201cgreat value\u201d for money for its people.\r\n\r\nUnder the five-year contract, ESS will deliver catering and hospitality services at sites in Bedford and Luton.\r\n\r\nThe restaurants will also serve dishes from the company\u2019s Global Kitchen brand which comprises concepts from across the world.\r\n\r\nCustomers in both locations will benefit from a micro-market providing 24\/7 access to \u201chealthy\u201d, \u201cnutritious\u201d food and a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks.\r\n\r\nThe force appointed ESS based on its \u201csuccessful\u201d partnerships with clients including City of London Police, Thames Valley Police, Kent Police, Surrey Police, Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police Training Centre.\r\n\r\nDuring the past year, ESS has also added the Metropolitan Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary to its portfolio.\r\n\r\nThe contract is being delivered by ESS Government Services, which supports high-profile sites across police, secure environments, local and central government with clients including the Ministry of Defence, Department of Work and Pensions, Department of Health, Welsh Government and Welsh Parliament.\r\n\r\nLorraine Chown, head of Estates and Facilities for Bedfordshire Police, said: "Reintroducing onsite catering services has without exaggeration transformed the feel of our sites and put the heart back into them. The ESS staff could not be more friendly or more helpful, with the food and drink offerings of great quality at affordable prices.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur staff and officers have especially welcomed the micro-markets, allowing them access to coffee and food whenever they need it. This has been a positive step for the Force, reinforcing our commitment to staff health and wellbeing, and ESS have excelled so far in helping us achieve this."\r\n\r\nRonnie Kelman, managing director \u2013 ESS Energy, Government and Infrastructure, added: "We\u2019re delighted to be working with Bedfordshire Police to feed their officers and staff. We\u2019ve introduced exciting new food concepts for customers at the Bedford and Luton sites, supported by micro-markets to meet the 24\/7 demand. This is another fantastic addition to our police business and we\u2019re continuing to enhance our restaurant and operational feeding offers to deliver great experiences to our police customers."