The programme continues to this day, helping more SMEs become suppliers to Sodexo.

We continue to support and develop our supply chain and to work with SMEs, micro SMEs and social enterprises, supporting them to grow their business. This group currently represents over half of our core supply chain and accounts for 44% of our total spend.

In line with the Government’s prompt payment terms, all our SME suppliers are paid within 30 days. These terms are also being extended to our suppliers identified as VCSEs (Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprises) and Charities.

Sodexo’s Supply Chain Inclusion Programme

Launched in 2015, the Supply Chain Inclusion programme aims to identify SMEs to be mentored and onboarded as a core supplier to Sodexo.

We work with WEConnect, MSDUK, Social Enterprise UK, Enterprise Nation, Scotland Food & Drink, Invest NI and Bord Bia to identify potential suppliers and invite the most exciting and relevant SMEs to join our programme.

We have developed a comprehensive, tailored programme that provides support to navigate our PQQ process, one-to-one mentoring and, where applicable, an introduction to Sodexo’s main food distributor, Brakes Group who explain their delivery and logistics requirements.

The programme is all about sharing information on our business requirements and breaking down barriers which historically may have put off some SMEs’ from pitching to our supply contracts.

The programme has also been designed to provide a safe environment where we can work together to discuss potential future partnerships and help demystify ways of working with large companies such as Sodexo.

Prompt payment:

In the wake of Carillion’s collapse, the Government has stepped up its efforts for its key suppliers to improve payment terms within their supply chain, particularly Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), introducing Prompt Payment terms to their supplier code of conduct.

As of 1 September 2019, any organisation that bids for a central government contract in excess of £5 million a year will need to demonstrate it has effective payment systems in place to ensure a reliable supply chain. As a part of this, Government has set a standard of 95% of all supply chain invoices to be paid within 60 days for organisations who want to do business with them.

Sodexo is pleased to announce that it has achieved the prompt payment targets set down by the Government. Targets included:

We have also had detailed discussions with our own supply chain and challenged our larger suppliers in order to ensure they too were supporting their own supply chain and flowing down cash flow benefits in a similar way.

Local, seasonal and sustainable

From north to south, east to west, we scour the country for the best ingredients. It’s important to us that our suppliers are knowledgeable and passionate about their products and that sustainability and ethical practices are high on their agenda too. Local provenance is a key consideration, both for our clients and Sodexo because we know that locally sourced food tends to be fresher and more sustainable. Find out more about some of the food producer SMEs we partner with. 

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