Supporting the Hospitality Industry in Wales
The launch of Compass Cymru by the UK’s largest food and support services firm introduces a novel approach to developing regional talent and supply chains.
Headed by managing director, Jane Byrd, the new organisation already operates in more than 60 sites across Wales and employs thousands of people.
Central to Compass Cymru is a commitment to support personal development and the creation of jobs for Wales with a genuine focus on wellbeing and skills development. As part of the launch, Compass Cymru has announced it will be offering at least 50 apprentice places within the next 12 months.
By providing innovative, high-quality catering and support services across sectors – including sports and leisure, education, defence, and workplace catering, the company aims to drive the availability of Welsh produce through its supply chain, with a focus on sustainable and seasonal produce.
Jane Byrd comments: “The Compass Cymru business is built on trust, transparency and above all a regional approach to delivering first class partnerships. Our work showcases Wales’ superb natural larder and supports the local economy, and we leverage our supply chain for greater positive impact.
“We offer meaningful jobs with inclusive growth, which will be supported by our newly refreshed apprenticeship programme. We recently created our people hub, Constellation Cymru, demonstrating that we are truly market leading in creating a connected workforce with multiple employment opportunities across all our Welsh venues.”
Compass Cymru is also partnering with Chef Bryn Williams, who will contribute to the apprenticeship and training programme, and work as a consultant to ensure the spirit of Welsh food and drink remains at the front and centre of the business offering.
Williams says: “It is a great honour for me to be a Culinary Ambassador for Compass Cymru.
“Wales has one of the best food larders on earth and using Welsh ingredients from local suppliers is the backbone of all of my kitchens, giving me the platform for consistency throughout all of my restaurants.
“I am looking forward to working with Compass Cymru on showcasing what Wales has to offer. I believe that hospitality remains an exciting career choice and announcing the apprenticeship programme for Compass Cymru demonstrates its commitment to home-grown Welsh talent, and that opportunities are available to those who seek them.”
Compass Cymru plans to develop a business network to add depth to strategic partnerships with local suppliers and distributors, and ensure a sustainable future for the Welsh food and drinks industry.
Visit www.compass-group.co.uk/compass-cymru for additional information.