Blue Arrow Awarded 2-Year TUCO Framework Partnership

20th September 2021

Blue Arrow has been awarded a two-year partnership by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) framework for the provision of recruitment services to its university members.

With strong ability to supply catering staff for all required catering positions across England and Wales, Blue Arrow’s award concludes a rigorous supplier evaluation and tender process, carried out by TUCO.

The process which kicked-off in April this year, resulted in TUCO awarding Blue Arrow the highest score for its close alignment to the procurement criteria that supports TUCO’s ambition for its members. Blue Arrow demonstrated competitive pricing for TUCO members at a time when agency spend for temporary staff has spiralled to £300m in 2020. Blue Arrow also achieved a 49.58% score out of a possible 50% for its service delivery capability which was closely audited for efficiency and efficacy of operating processes, procedures and infrastructure.

High scores were also awarded for Blue Arrow’s ability to align closely with TUCOs own Sustainability vision of stimulating economic growth, maximising wellbeing and protecting our environment, without affecting the ability of future generations to do the same. Key to TUCOs partner selection for recruitment services is that the service will be delivered in an environmentally-friendly, responsible and ethical way.

TUCO delivers annual savings to members in excess of £15million and Blue Arrow is proud to offer members the opportunity to simplify agency supply chains and give universities improved control and spend management for agency staff.


“This is an amazing opportunity for Blue Arrow’s service delivery teams to help TUCO deliver on its mission for its university members. We’re extremely proud to have scored so highly and can’t wait to deliver on our promises.”

- Karen Newton, National Account Manager, Public Sector, Blue Arrow.

About TUCO

TUCO is the leading professional membership body for in-house caterers operating in the higher, further education and public sector. Committed to advancing the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams, and work to provide quality standards, advice and information to those working in in-house catering.

Established in 1953, TUCO provides a platform where members can get professional advice; Buy via TUCO’s EU compliant catering frameworks and wide range of suppliers and grow their business through the latest market research, trends and analysis.

About Blue Arrow

As one of the UK's largest and earliest specialist staffing companies. With over 500 recruitment professionals across more than 70 locations throughout the UK, including 54 high-street branches, Blue Arrow places over 70,000 people in temporary roles within the transport, logistics, call centres, hospitality, catering, manufacturing, production, and public sector sectors. Blue Arrow’s enhancing people's lives mission unites staff under a profound appreciation for their part in helping people find fulfilling work.

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