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Jane Byrd, Compass Cymru’s managing director

Compass Group launches Compass Cymru

Compass Group UK & Ireland, a food and support services firm, has announced the launch of Compass Cymru as a distinct business within the group.

The business aims to support the Welsh hospitality industry by championing local suppliers, and fostering the next generation of talent by announcing at least 50 new apprenticeship opportunities this year.

Headed by Jane Byrd (pictured), Compass Cymru’s managing director, the organisation operates in more than 60 sites across Wales. Providing catering and support services across sectors including sports and leisure, education, defence, and workplace catering, the company aims to drive the availability of Welsh produce through its supply chain, with a focus on sustainable and seasonal produce.

Jane Byrd, said: “The Compass Cymru business is built on trust, transparency and above all a regional approach to delivering partnerships. Our work showcases Wales’ natural larder and supports the local economy, and we leverage our supply chain for greater positive impact.

“We offer jobs with inclusive growth, which will be supported by our newly refreshed apprenticeship programme. We recently created our people hub, Constellation Cymru, demonstrating that we are creating a connected workforce with multiple employment opportunities across all our Welsh venues.”

Compass Cymru has partnered with Chef Bryn Williams as its culinary ambassador. Chef Williams will contribute to the apprenticeship and training programme, working as a consultant for Compass Cymru to ensure Welsh food and drink remains at the centre of the business offering.

Chef Bryn Williams said: “It is a great honour for me to be a culinary ambassador for Compass Cymru. I am looking forward to working with Compass Cymru on showcasing what Wales has to offer. I believe that hospitality remains an exciting career choice and announcing the apprenticeship programme for Compass Cymru demonstrates its commitment to home-grown Welsh talent.”