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City corporates get new staff dining and hospitality option with launch of Thomas Franks London

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24 November 2021

Independent Banbury-based contract catering company Thomas Franks is embracing post-Covid office life, with the launch of a new London-based division – Thomas Franks London.

Based at Fora, 180 Borough High Street – close to Borough Market, the capital’s premier food market – Thomas Franks London will provide full-service freshly-cooked, seasonal and nutritious catering for employees, visitors and clients.

In creating the new venture, Thomas Franks has appointed new Managing Director Paul Hurren. Paul has much experience in the hospitality industry, including previous roles heading up corporate fine-dining caterer Lusso, becoming a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and chairing the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE). Paul will be working alongside the founding leadership team, who have more than fifty years’ experience between them, and who have also previously worked with some of the capital’s finest hospitality destinations and businesses.

Candice Webber joins Thomas Franks London as its Food Director, who previously headed up the Food & Development team at Vacherin, and was the Executive Chef for Lusso and Peyton & Byrne.

Alongside Paul and Candice is Michelle Jugessur, Business Development Manager, who joins from Bartlett Mitchell. She has extensive experience in cultivating meaningful and long-standing fruitful partnerships with a range of high-end organisations, including global law firms, FTSE 250 investment management firms, media companies and embassies.

Also joining the team is Christine Bailey, an award-winning registered nutritionist (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, BANT) and leading healthy eating expert, with more than 20 years’ experience in the health and food industry. She has authored more than 16 recipe and health books, and regularly appears in print and broadcast media as a nutrition expert. She has previously been awarded Coeliac Chef of the Year and received a CAM award for outstanding contribution to the community.

Anchor clients already in place at launch include global investment management firm Barings. Thomas Franks London provides the team of 500 employees with seamless and sophisticated hospitality and cutting-edge café menus to complement their collaborative culture. The team is also celebrating a new contract win with an international law firm, near St Paul’s.

Thomas Franks, under the leadership of founder Frank Bothwell, has grown since its launch in 2005. Clients include domestic appliance expert Delonghi, Bibby Financial Services and Denman College (home of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes).

Paul Hurren said: “There have been so many questions asked during the last 18 months about the future of the office and how employers can entice their staff back into the workplace. We know office life has undergone a permanent change, but we’re seeing the City, Canary Wharf and the West End in particular firing back into life and a shift in how employers are optimising their spaces. One way they’re choosing to make office working more appealing is ensuring the in-house catering offer is a draw card in and of itself. Put simply, London firms need to be offering something different and more enticing than what employees have been used to while working from home. Our new offer will help them deliver on that."


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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