Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Canal Trust seeks professional caterers

Commercial caterers are needed to run a cafe in the historic former bonded warehouse on Devizes Wharf that is home to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust.
The former bonded warehouse on Devizes Wharf, headquarters of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust: Picture by Bob Naylor©

The canal trust had previously run a café in the upstairs meeting room in the building in 2007 but in common with the Trust's tea rooms and cafes at Bradford on Avon, Aldermaston and Newbury it was not profitable even with minimal staff costs using unpaid volunteers and part-time managers. 

The Devizes café was closed and these other cafés have since been put into the hands of what the Trust describe as 'commercial partners' who run them as private businesses with no involvement at all from the Trust.

Local newspaper, the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald,  says that that the Trust Chairman, Mike Rodd Devizes Wharf claims the café used to do a 'roaring trade' during the summer months and the paper goes on to quote him as saying: "The trust wishes to extend the range and availability of the services provided at its Wharfside cafe through a partnership arrangement with professional caterers who will share the trust’s passion and interests in the canal."

Anyone interested in this opportunity should ring the canal trust administrator Jean Cook on 01380 721279 or email: katrustadministrator@btconnect.com

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