Shirley Edwards and Caroline Blake - Edwards & Blake
It has been a good year for contract catering
company Edwards & Blake.
We’re experiencing strong growth despite...tough competition.
Set up by Shirley Edwards and Caroline Blake
12 years ago, 70pc of its work comprises staff
restaurant facilities for offices and factories.
From a turnover of £5.3m in 2007, the Swaffham based
company has bumped up its end of year
turnover projections from a predicted £8m to £10m
for this year. This is after winning contracts with the
likes of pub and brewing giant Greene King, Bayer
CropScience in Norwich, King Edward VII School
at King’s Lynn, Lowestoft College and the Premier
Foods factory at Wisbech.
In June it won a three-year contract to provide
a staff restaurant and vending services for some
750 staff at the Tulip meat factory in King’s Lynn,
part of the Danish Crown Group. The services were
previously supplied by a firm from Birmingham.
As a result, staff numbers have increased from
400 to 500 in the past six months.
“Edwards & Blake is a regionally based company,
rather than one of the big national caterers, and can
therefore offer a much more personal, flexible and
“That’s what clients are increasingly demanding
and why we’re experiencing such strong growth,
despite challenging economic conditions and tough
competition for every contract.”
Launched in offices in Dereham in 1998, the firm
is now headquartered in Turbine Way, Swaffham.
Turnover at Edwards & Blake has been increasing
every year since it recorded sales worth £126,000
in 1998. In 2007, turnover stood at £5.3m and rose
to £8.2m last year.
It now provides contract catering at 60
locations across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire,
Lincolnshire, Essex and Bedfordshire – serving
more than 8,500 meals a day to employees,
schoolchildren and students.
Its biggest client is poultry producer Moy Park,
catering for 3,500 employees across the group.
Other clients include Birds Eye, Adrian Flux
Insurance, Kerry Foods, Banham Poultry and