Eden Caterers announced as Waterloo Community Award winners
Local business Eden Caterers has been named as this year’s Waterloo Community Award winner. We announced this year’s winner of the Award, which marks special contributions that businesses have made to the local community, at our annual party at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Road hotel on 5 December.
Eden Caterers, a local catering company which has operated in London for over 18 years, won the Award for its extensive involvement in local projects over the course of 2013 with a large focus on donating food and working with local young people. The small catering company has led an initiative to encourage local businesses to take Foodbank collection boxes into their premises for staff and visitors to donate to. Eden uses their driver and van fleet to collect the donated goods and deliver to the Waterloo Foodbank for sorting and distribution to those in need. Another focus for the caterers has been the Hub Football Club. Eden has sponsored the Hub Football Club to ensure it can continue providing football training and competitions for local children. Hugh Walker, managing director of Eden Caterers, said: “A few years ago, Eden took the decision to switch the focus of most of our charity work away from big charities towards supporting more local organisations. What a good decision that was!” Oasis Hub Waterloo was judged Highly Commended by the panel for its development of a broad range of services for the Waterloo Community. In 2013, Oasis Hub Waterloo appointed a full time staff member to oversee the volunteer-led delivery of adult-focused services such as the Foodbank and Debt Advice Centre. It now has a network of over 90 professional voucher holders able to refer those in need of emergency food support, and is managing a monthly collection and distribution of 1,274 kg of food; a 121% increase on this time last year. This year’s Waterloo Community Award was sponsored by the South London Procurement Network (SLPN), and was presented at the Waterloo Quarter annual party on Thursday 5 December 2013. The SLPN was established in 2012 by Shell Centre joint venture developers Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group, to boost business for companies located in South London. The awards were judged by a panel comprising representatives from South London Press, SLPN, Canary Wharf Group, Qatari Diar, and Waterloo Quarter BID. Alexandra Webb, Procurement Network Manager, SLPN said: “We were delighted to sponsor this year’s Waterloo Community Award and were impressed with the amount of initiatives by so many different businesses already in place in Waterloo to help the local community.”