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When primary and secondary schools shut as part of the first national lockdown, this Worcestershire catering firm switched to providing 42,000 meals a week to key workers’ children and vulnerable families. It says it won more than £13m in new business during the pandemic from schools unhappy with their existing providers, including the largest academy chain in the UK. Founded in 2008 by chief executive John Roe, 59, it operates in more than 600 locations, ranging from rural primary schools to Oxford University colleges, and has developed a system that allows parents to order their child’s school lunch online. Sales reached £69.5m in the year to April.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank98
CompanyAspens Services
ActivityContract caterer
LocationWorcestershire
Annual sales rise over 3 years38.96%
Latest sales £000s*69,546
Staff3,100
Founded2008
Websitewww.aspens-services.co.uk

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