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SKY Livingston Redefines The Term ‘Corporate Growth’

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SKY Livingston Redefines The Term ‘Corporate Growth’

October 21
20:07 2013
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Having recently been awarded the healthyliving award, SKY’s Livingstone site is a uniquely individual recipient of the accolade. Although best recognised as a broadcaster, the global media organisation is becoming increasingly well-known for its corporate social responsibility policies, and has introduced a novel form of self-sufficiency at their office complex beside the M8.

Growing much of their ingredients on site in their own polytunnel, the company encourages its staff to visit the gardens and view exactly what will be appearing on the menus later that month.

The brainchild of executive head chef William Thomson and his colleague Andrew Little – who give up much of their spare time to produce home-grown fare and incorporate it into a healthy menu – the polytunnel is attracting employees who are then keen to try new dishes at mealtimes, simply because they have seen the plants growing from seed to plate: ‘They like to wander though the polytunnel on their breaks to see what’s ready for eating, and some even have small plots of their own that they take time out to cultivate,’ says Willie. ‘Apart from keeping them interested in food, it improves their education and awareness of which foods are in season, and how they are produced.’

The polytunnel features a range of herbs and vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot, courgettes, parsley, sage, thyme, chives and basil. The winter crop, meanwhile, brings parsnips and Brussels sprouts, as well as oriental vegetables like pak choi.

‘As virtually everything has been grown from seed, it allows the staff to view the growth process from start to finish,’ he adds.

The whole range of ingredients is consistently incorporated into SKY’s menus, and cooking demonstrations are also on offer featuring the vegetables and herbs being grown.

And as well as cultivating their Livingston staff’s gardening skills, the company has recently built another polytunnel at their Dunfermline site, so staff there can benefit in the same way their Livingston colleagues have been doing.


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Catering daily for 2,500 employees, SKY’s West Lothian premises are a healthy example of self-sufficiency…

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