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Our ethos

We follow three fundamental values. We are professional in the work we do. We remain impartial in how we evaluate and treat suppliers. We take pride in being transparent in allowing our customers to audit the work we do for them.

High professional standards

Our expertise in food purchasing is unique in the marketplace. We have a team of CIPS-qualified (Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply) procurement experts and category buyers who manage all aspects of formal food tendering on behalf of our clients, adhering to EU procurement legislation and and the highest standards of professional practice.

Our greatest asset

Our 60-strong team has the experience to act as an integral part of your purchasing operation. Recognising that it is our people who drive our success, we actively encourage all employees to add to their skills, contribute to the future of the business and achieve their potential.

Franco Scannella,

Managing Director

Having joined Pelican in 2012, my goal as Managing Director is to continue to deliver the very best procurement services to our clients and support them through periods of change and growth.

I've spent the vast majority of my career in front of clients, listening to them and understanding their needs, delivering innovative bespoke solutions and creating strong working relationships. My approach is to empower every member of the Pelican team to establish these same relationships with our clients, underpinned by our three core values: Professionalism, Transparency and Impartiality at the centre of everything we do.

With strong client relationships critical to what we do, I oversee investment and development in the Pelican team. This is a key part of our success and directly benefits our clients. I'm building a culture within the team at Pelican where we are equipped with the tools to succeed, proud to serve our clients and available to dedicate time to them.

When I'm not working you'll find me spending time with my wonderful family and having two young girls I'm never far from a dance club or swimming pool. When I'm not with them I have a relationship with my golf clubs I'm trying to build. Sadly it's proving to be more love/hate than one of mutual understanding!

Peter Harrison,

Head of IT

Peter joined Pelican in August 2017 and was handed the responsibility for our IT infrastructure and systems, development of Pi and everything else to do with technology.

He has over 40 years' experience in IT, mostly in software development. Starting as a programmer with the Aircraft Research Association in Bedford, in the days when a computer filled a large room, he has since worked in senior management positions for a range of companies including RM plc, McAfee and Communisis plc.

Peter's focus is on ensuring that Pi is continuously evolving to meet the needs of Pelican's customers and that the IT infrastructure and systems support the rest of the business, so we can keep delivering for our customers.

Martin Hudson,

Head of Procurement

Martin has worked at Pelican for 10 years, leading the team of procurement experts as they manage the purchasing and supply chain requirements of our clients.

With over 15 years purchasing experience within the foodservice industry, FMCG and contract catering arena, Martin has vast experience and industry knowledge which is put to good use as he and his team deliver effective professional solutions to meet clients' needs and objectives. His focus is to ensure that Pelican always works in the best interests of our clients through the provision of a professional purchasing service.

Ian Holliday,

Head of Sales

Ian oversees a team of 13 people. His job is to ensure that everyone understands the changing needs of Pelican's customer base and that they have the right skills to match suppliers to those needs. Ian must also ensure that he and his team provide the correct information to help customers make the right purchasing decisions. Ian has a great deal of experience in the food service industry; before joining Pelican he worked for 21 years for 3663 and Brakes.

Our nominated charities

Pelican is a longstanding supporter and corporate partner of Shooting Star Chase, a local children’s hospice caring for young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Shooting Star Chase

We are also proud to support The Clink Charity and Springboard Charity.

The Clink Charity’s sole aim is to reduce reoffending rates of ex-offenders. Working in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service they run projects that train and give practical skills to prisoners to aid their rehabilitation. Through the Clink Restaurants, prisoners are able to learn, engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life.

The Clink Charity

The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential; nurtures unemployed people of any age into work; and helps alleviate poverty by supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within hospitality, leisure and tourism.

The Springboard Charity

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