We procured Gideon from Spires Catering Consultancy to work through the tender process for a new sole caterer. Gideon was excellent throughout, his knowledge and expertise shone through, great communication and so helpful. A*

David Hunt

Oxford Town Hall

Thanks so much for this Gideon and thanks also for holding our hand through this process, your help has been invaluable.

Thanks also for supporting us further into the process than we would expect you to.

Thank you for all your help, we couldn’t have done it without your insight. (Lynda)

Cath Sands & Lynda Billard

Chief finance officer AND Finance & Compliance Officer, Nexus Multi Academy Trust

 Gideon has managed the school’s comprehensive tender process which has resulted in the school moving from a local authority catering service to a commercial catering provider. 

I would not hesitate to recommend Gideon’s services to any headteacher who is aiming to improve the quality of their school meals provision and the costs associated with this. 

Michael Scott

Head Teacher, Someries Infant School

We engaged Spires to help us understand the strengths and limitations of our catering operation following COVID-19. Zac Toumazi and Gideon Smith were thoroughly professional throughout the process and clearly have deep experience in the industry which was invaluable in helping them make balanced and proportionate recommendations. Their communication was regular and particularly impressive.’ Gordon Hollins, CEO SCCC

Gordon Hollins


Gideon Smith assisted our two schools with a catering procurement. The whole process was handled by Gideon in a highly professional and seamless manner. Throughout, Gideon was available to meet with school staff and governors.  Gideon’s organisation of the whole process was well organised and it was a pleasure to work with Gideon. I can highly recommend Gideon Smith for your next procurement!

Debbie Potts

School Business Manager

Gideon worked with me on my first ever Catering Contract and their support, instruction, questioning and humour made the whole matter fun. I have no hesitation in making an onward recommendation and giving a positive reference for their consultancy support. This has extended beyond the appointment process to the signing of the new contract, particularly in ensuring that the contract reflects the tender and in the specification of the KPI’s for the contract.

We have appointed and changed our caterers in 2 schools and really pleased. The feeling that the contract is being managed by our new catering partner along with the support for staff on-site and us is palpable. Getting the right outcome on catering was all part of working with Gideon and we are still excited and pleased with that decision and the progress we have made since 1 September and on-going with our new catering partner.

Allison Humphreys

School Bursar, Kennet School Academies Trust

Thank you Gideon (@Spires Catering Consultancy) for your professional advice and help all the way through and post our tender process. Your comprehensive knowledge of the industry was invaluable to our tender and your enthusiasm for our project was fantastic. Tight deadlines were met and I cannot thank you enough. We are all proud of our tender document and hope to work with you again soon on further projects

Natasha Steiner

Director, Lemon Zest Cuisine Ltd

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