School meals provider wins award

Food 4 Thought operations director Caroline Clark and her brother Matt (left) are presented with the Best Small and Medium-Sized Business award by Rob Jones, director of enterprise at Bishop Grosseteste University. (Photo by kind courtesy of the Lincolnshire Echo).
Food 4 Thought operations director Caroline Clark and her brother Matt (left) are presented with the Best Small and Medium-Sized Business award by Rob Jones, director of enterprise at Bishop Grosseteste University. (Photo by kind courtesy of the Lincolnshire Echo).
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A Spalding firm that supplies school meals cross Lincolnshire has been named the best small and medium-sized business in the county.

Food 4 Thought of Broad Street Business Centre lifted the prize at the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards after beating off competition from telecoms, business design and garden machinery firms.

It marks a spectacular rise for the firm set up by operations director Caroline Clark (31) just ten years ago to provide home-cooked meals to Sutterton Primary School.

Caroline said: “We were shocked to win because we were up against some big companies and we were all pretty quiet when our name was called out.

“It took us a few seconds to rise from our table and go up for the award but all the staff are very proud to work for the company.”

Food 4 Thought has expanded greatly over the past four years and now operates from eight sites across Lincolnshire, delivering almost 750,000 meals to 75 schools across the county each year.

It has plans to supply to secondary schools and provide two million meals annually over the next three years.

Caroline said: “We’re thrilled that our growth, in terms of provision, turnover, employment and community activity, has now been recognised across the county.

“We want to expand further throughout Lincolnshire and become the school food provider of choice for the county.”

Caroline’s brother Matt Clark, an investor in Food 4 Thought, said: “I am extremely proud of what this company has achieved and it’s certainly been inspiring to see the company grow and succeed.”