Brakes launches LGBTQ+ support network 

Brakes has launched a LGBTQ+ support network across all of its sites as part of what it calls its most ambitious Pride programme.

The launch of a network of support champions in every site across Sysco GB, including Brakes and Sysco Speciality Group, will be delivered through the organisation’s Spectrum programme, which was created to support LGBTQ+ colleagues.

This month, every Brakes’ site will have a stand offering advice to Brakes’ colleagues with Spectrum members on hand to answer questions. As part of this, the Brakes Learning and Development team has developed an on-demand training course to help lines managers to better understand the specific needs of LGBTQ+ colleagues.

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Margaret Gooch, Sysco GB HR director, said: “Having a diverse and engaged workforce is incredibly important to our business and we recognise how important it is to show support not just in June, but across the entire year.  We are very pleased to be launching new initiatives, including training and development opportunities that will make a lasting contribution to how diversity is viewed within Brakes.”

Elsewhere at Brakes, the company recently released a comprehensive catering guide which showcases Brakes’ products and services that deliver nutritious, enjoyable foods to meet the differing needs of care catering residents.

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience in private, public and third-sector care settings, the company has collated nutritional advice, menu support, and product information. All of this is backed up with advice from the Brakes care team, made up of specialist development chefs, nutritionists and researchers, led by an expert customer marketing team.

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via and 07960935659.


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