Business Heroes: Relish
Any business connected to the events industry has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, and this was certainly the case for Liverpool-based catering company Relish, who saw much of their business diminish as events were cancelled.
The team, however, were determined to do something positive and have flipped operations to cater for some of the city’s vulnerable people. Relish is now using its facilities to benefit individuals in the community and support organisations with the preparation and delivery of meals.
Since launching the initiative, Relish has produced more than 5,000 meals for those in need, working in partnership with Liverpool 6 Community Association and with Lord Mayor Anna Rothery to distribute meals across Liverpool.
Operating from a 12,000 sq. ft. preparation kitchen and central operations hub, Relish can provide 5,000 pre-prepared meals per day. Using its own fleet of catering vans, it can deliver next day across Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
To ensure the service is accessible to those who need it most, Relish is offering food and drink at half its usual price and will only be covering the cost of what it takes to produce and deliver, with their staff volunteering their time to ensure that the operation runs smoothly. The company also has plans to deliver £2000 worth of meals to food banks and charities over the coming weeks.
Relish draws upon a decade of experience of catering on a large-scale to deliver all kinds of bespoke menu requirements. The deliveries are completely safe, the company holds a 5-star hygiene rating and all food and drink is securely sealed, packaged and labelled with allergens, ingredients and reheating instructions where required.
Chris Foulkes, Managing Director at Relish, said:
“Relish is Liverpool born and bred, our staff are local, and we’ve always believed in investing in the local economy and supporting our communities and businesses wherever possible.
“These are extremely challenging times for all of us but they’re especially tough for the elderly, disabled, pregnant, the vulnerable and, of course, for those who work in the NHS, social care and other key organisations.
“We wanted to adapt our services to create an offering that can help to take some of the pressure off our hospitals, care homes, social housing groups and keep them functioning during this period.”
Anna Rothery, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, said:
“Relish are doing a fantastic job at adapting their business to support the most vulnerable in our communities across Liverpool.
“We’ve been working alongside their dedicated team of volunteers to deliver hundreds of prepared meals and supplies across the region to those who need them. Their seven-day meal plan consists of a soup for lunch and a main meal for the evening, and it’s all of a really high standard to ensure that recipients are getting a nutritious, well-balanced meal for each day of the week.
“It’s great that they’re able to support on a large-scale, ensuring that essential businesses, healthcare and housing organisations can continue to operate effectively and keep both their staff and patients fed.”
To learn more about Relish and to place an order, please visit: www.relishliverpool.co.uk