COOK

We’re a manufacturer and retailer of award-winning frozen meals and puddings based in Sittingbourne, Kent.
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http://www.cookfood.net

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The founding mission of COOK Trading Ltd was “to make meals and puddings using the same ingredients and techniques as you would use at home” and today – despite many changes in the economic climate and on the high street – that has, and will never, change.

Founded in Sittingbourne, Kent, by Edward Perry and Dale Penfold, the company remains family-owned with family values at its core. It has grown from a single shop in Farnham in 1997 to now having more than 90 shops, a wholesale business, a pudding kitchen, a national delivery service, and running its own logisitics centre.

COOK says it is ambitious for the future, wanting to create a remarkable food company that is a force for good. While the business is proud of its commercial know-how, it believes there is more to life than making money alone. The company is a certified B Corporation, having undergone a tough verification process to ascertain that it is the type of organisation that uses the power of business to solve social, community and environmental problems.

Its shops are actively encouraged to engage with their local community through events and tastings, and COOK kitchens are involved in helping ex-offenders back to work, among other initiatives. Employees are encouraged to get involved in community activities and regularly support charity events.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

87% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

At least one senior manager has been in the office every day throughout. All team members became key workers, which – surprisingly, COOK says – it did not expect. And everyone was given an option without fear of repercussions to work, or not, which was either unpaid or with the use of holiday, or a mix.

My Company

85% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

The COOK Campus, with different offices based around Kent, encouraged people to come to a site, even if it wasn't their usual one, to help them feel connected. Anyone who wants to come in can now use a booking system – and this currently gives everyone who wants it a parking space too.

Fair Deal

68% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

The company is proud of its no-bonus culture. Instead 2020 was the sixth year of its COOK Profit Share, which saw 6% of pre-tax profits given back to employees, based on their salaries. The remaining profits went back into the company.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1997
Total number of employees
63
Number of UK locations
38
Employee average age
39% : 61%
Male : Female employee ratio
6%
Employees earning £35k+
17%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
"We are so proud of the team at COOK for this achievement. In a year where we became frontline key workers and our workplace changed beyond recognition, everyone rose to the challenge brilliantly. What’s more, the team continued to live our values & look out for each other no matter what was thrown our way. Thank you to our great team, and to Best companies for the recognition."

Rosie Brown, Co-CEO - COOK

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