Award-winning Catering & Foodservice Design Consultants

Sterling Foodservice Consultancy was established by Andrew & Elaine Powis in 1994. We are an award winning, totally independent Catering Advisory and Design Consultancy, encompassing all catering and associated areas for new build or refurbishment.

 
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Andrew powis FIH

Andrew has spent over forty years in the catering industry. His experience has involved numerous aspects of catering including hotels, licensed restaurants, outside catering, equipment distributors and consultancy.

Having worked for The Post Office, Grand Metropolitan and Horwood Catering Equipment Limited at senior management and director levels and before setting up Sterling with Elaine, he spent seven years with the largest foodservice consultancy practice in Europe as Managing Director of their Midlands company, where he was responsible for all design work undertaken by the company in Ireland as well as UK based projects.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH). He has also acted as an Expert Witness on behalf of clients seeking legal redress.

 
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Elaine Powis MRSPH

Elaine graduated from the Blackpool and Fylde Catering College and obtained her extensive knowledge of catering equipment through thirty five years of managerial involvement in all sectors of the industry including banqueting, hotels, restaurants, education, outside catering and working with several major equipment manufacturers.

Her role within the team is design input, product sourcing, specification detailing and project co-ordination.

Elaine is also a Member of the Royal Society of Public Health (MRSPH).

Andrew and Elaine are frequently invited to serve on judging panels for industry competitions and to comment on matters relating to the catering industry.

 
 
 
We are celebrating our 26th year in business. We’d like to thank all of our clients for their support and willingness to trust in our expertise.
— Andrew & Elaine Powis
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Accreditations

As Catering Design Consultants, we are proud to be members of several industry organisations and adherence to a strict code of conduct.

 

code of conduct

As Catering Design Consultants, we are proud to be members of several industry organisations and maintain adherence to a strict code of conduct.

Assisting with all aspects of commercial kitchen and restaurant planning and layout, including foodservice equipment specification and providing consultation to ensure you receive the very best value from your investment.

Maintaining the highest ethical standards and above all, we are independent - working only in our clients best interest having proven experience and overall professionalism.

We ensure independence and objectivity, while increasing the confidence and safety of all those engaging or relying on our participation.

 

Our Code of Conduct is guided by: 

  • The client’s interests 

  • The public’s interests 

  • The profession’s interests

Memberships with Industry Organisations include:

  • Institute of Hospitality (IoH)

  • Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH)

  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

  • Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) 

 
 
We are proud to work with and support our favourite charities.
— Andrew & Elaine Powis
 
Mentor Link has a vision - a world where these young people feel valued and supported.

Mentor Link has a vision - a world where these young people feel valued and supported.

mentor link

Mentor Link is a registered charity founded in 2002 by Andrea Maddox, awarded an MBE in 2011 for her work. With the aim to recruit and train volunteer mentors for the community to mentor and support young people who could be facing difficulties such as family breakdown, relationships, parent in prison, illness, low self esteem, self harming and bulling. The aim is to create a more positive attitude towards themselves and to learning. The support is completely confidential and the welfare of these young people is the charities only concern. 

“We were Mentors for several years and Elaine has been a Trustee. Supporting children with Mentor Link has been incredibly rewarding.” 

 
The Clink have restaurants situated within working prisons and all of our food is lovingly prepared and served by prisoners in training.

The Clink have restaurants situated within working prisons and all of our food is lovingly prepared and served by prisoners in training.

 

the clink

The first Clink Restaurant was opened in 2009 at HMP High Down and the concept was devised by Chef Alberto Crisci MBE, director of operations and founder. The Clink Charity’s aim is to help offenders break the cycle of crime by empowering them with self-belief, workplace skills and qualifications gained from working in a similar environment, in close proximity to the prison, to that of a 4-5 star hotel or commercial restaurant. Upon release The Clink Charity helps graduates find employment within the hospitality industry and mentors them weekly for 6-12 months to help the re-integrate back into society and not reoffend.

 
 
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So that’s us - a uniquely personal, independent consultancy.