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About TCS Independent Ltd

TCS Independent Ltd are based in Northfleet, Kent and started business in 1999 out of a desire to create a catering company that would specialise in providing primary school children with a meal that they would actually eat and enjoy without compromising on quality and nutritional value.

We feel that TCS has come a long way over the past decade and now supply catering services and healthy school meals to a large number of primary schools throughout Kent and Essex. It is hoped that the recent introduction of our online payment facility will enhance our service by simplifying school meal management and enabling parents of primary school children to pay for school meals online.


Head of TCS Catering ServicesThe TCS Independent Ltd Team


Our People

Our belief is that successful business is driven by motivated and capable people that are highly valued by a caring, friendly and supportive company. Our aim is to continually develop a reputation for delivering quality services, with quality people building honest relationships.

With over 160 staff employed, every TCS person is valued and encouraged to develop themselves to give their very best to us and our clients. We want our staff to feel part of our quality driven business. We provide them with the necessary training, smart contemporary uniforms and ongoing support.

We ensure all our staff receive comprehensive induction training to help them make a quick transition into their role. This ensures we maintain good retention and a steady workforce. We are proud that our staffing turnover rate is low; in fact 70% of our staff have been with TCS since the company began over 10 years ago.

Our local management team is highly competent and experienced. Each member is responsible for a limited number of premises enabling them to regularly visit their kitchen teams and clients.

Training for kitchen staff is provided on site or at our office facilities and includes craft skills, safe food handling, health and safety and customer service.

We have a range of excellent specialist support staff providing us with quality assurance audits, promotions, finance, HR and Health and Safety advice.

All staff are CRB checked and we operate our own relief teams and therefore have no requirement for agency staff and their associated risks and costs.

Our Suppliers

As part of our supply chain we favour using small local suppliers and companies that can offer a personal and flexible service.

Our reason for sourcing local goods and services is built on the concept of supporting the local economy, using local produce and caring for the local environment.

Experience has shown that small family businesses provide a more personable and flexible service, they are often more caring about their community and generally feel responsible towards the schools in their area. The benefit to TCS is that suppliers are more flexible over the amounts ordered and the frequency of deliveries and often better at providing emergency responses when necessary.

Our local butchers supply quality cuts of meat with clear provenance and our greengrocers regularly advise us about the availability of good value and quality seasonal vegetables and fruit. Our partnership with local suppliers means TCS are able to produce menus that exceed the required nutritional content and increase food standards. Around 90% of the ingredients used come fresh from our suppliers.

TCS Independent Ltd Philosophy

Our philosophy is to remain as a small company that can provide a personal service to it’s customers using a local management team that
can ensure regular personal contact and continual training to our schools catering staff.

We put major emphasis on making the school meal experience enjoyable and include regular themed days, linked to calendar events, school
activities or just fun occasions. For more information about our school lunch catering service or to give us your feedback, please contact us.

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