How much does the award cost?
Your Food for Life Served Here Award fee depends on which sector you operate in. Please select the fee sheet below that best applies to your sector.
- Schools and Academies
- Care Settings
- Restaurants and Cafes
- Events Caterers
The fees are based on the cost of an inspection (which happens once a year) and an administrative fee which covers the support you receive from us throughout the year.
Displaying the Food for Life Served Here award is a recognised way to show that you serve local, fresh and honest food. Your staff and customers will know that the majority of food on the menu is freshly prepared and use ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources.
What is covered by my Award fee?
The fees are split into two elements: the cost of the on-site audit and the membership cost. Covered in the cost of the fee is:
- Independent endorsement from Soil Association Certification that your meals are fresh, seasonal and better for animal welfare
- Your organisation's membership of the UK's fastest growing best practice award for caterers
- Use of the Food for Life Served Here logo, and all relevant marketing materials and messaging
- Support from a Food for Life Served Here Development Manager in your region, your Certification Officer and the rest of the Served Here team
- Access to the Food for Life Served Here Supplier Scheme: a list of suppliers, producers and wholesalers who sell compliant products and have been trained to understand the needs of the Food for Life Served Here standards
How are Award fees decided?
The certification fees for the Award are based on the amount of work it takes to carry out an inspection and to service the Award throughout the year.
What if I fall into two categories? Which fee sheet should I use?
If you are unsure of which category your fees should be based on, please contact us on 0117 914 2406 and we’ll be happy to help.
Why is there a £995 cap for public sector caterers?
To further support local authorities and other public sector caterers, we have capped our annual fee at £995. We’ve done this because we recognise the huge potential impact of moving this sector towards sustainable food procurement. We appreciate that public spending is consistently being squeezed and we want to remove barriers that may prevent public sector caterers from working with us to improve the food they serve to the public.
Do I have to pay my fee in one lump sum?
Not always, but most caterers do. However, fees can be paid in six monthly instalments by way of a credit agreement from Premium Credit. Please note: this involves an additional charge of 3.5% of the total value of the invoice and a credit check may be required.
How much do I pay if I want to add another site to my existing Award?
If this doesn’t require an additional inspection - i.e. a new school joins your contract - and they will receive the same menus as all other schools that are covered by your Award, then we would simply charge an additional site fee depending on the total number of sites already in your contract. This can be done at any time. However, if you want to add a new site that doesn’t use the same menu or management controls as your existing sites, then you may need an additional inspection. All inspections are charged at £700+VAT. Alternatively, you could wait until your annual inspection to include more sites in your Award, as this would mean you wouldn’t need to pay for any additional inspections. Please give us a call to discuss adding new sites to your existing Award.
What is classed as a ‘site’?
A site is a school, a place of work, a nursery, a care home. We used the term ‘sites’ where a caterer has a catering contract that covers more than one place.
Are there any dispensations for charities or social enterprises?
Please contact us to discuss fees if you fall into this category.