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Trent College and The Elms Case Study

Trent College and The Elms are thriving independent day and boarding schools for boys and girls aged 0 to 18. Their reputation for excellence has grown since opening in 1868 with a continued commitment to provide an education enabling all pupils to flourish. Within the impressive 45 acre campus the schools boast a wide range of fine facilities and venues for hire plus superb hospitality provision, all conveniently located in the heart of England, close to Nottingham, and Derby.

The feeding of the 5000 …

The school has one main dining room and the catering team feeds 1100 students and 400 staff each lunchtime, plus breakfast and dinner for the boarders and house staff.  On top of this the team hosts an array of internal and external hospitality events including sporting fixtures and teas, conferences, theatre performances, and weddings.

Go further

The schools believe that everyone has the potential to go further than they thought possible and strive for excellence.  With this in mind, the catering team explored the possibility of installing an EauVation system as they were keen to be more sustainable and reduce their use of single-use plastic.  Although they had been using recycled glass bottles for their water offering, they were still essentially single-use.  Having heard of EauVation and the wide range of systems available, the team decided on the Aqua80T - a stylish tabletop system, which has a high-performance ice-bank refrigerator capable of delivering large volumes of water at consistently low temperatures.

With commercial hospitality events and weddings growing year on year, it was a pre-requisite to ensure that a system could cope with the volume demand for water.  The EauVation system has allowed the team to excel in its water provision, the Aqua80T copes with all demand with ease and the use of beautifully branded bottles provides a talking point amongst guests.  As well as having the ability to serve delicious, chilled, still and sparkling water, the school also offers elderflower and other cordials to blend with the water.

Sustainability, speed, save on storage space, service …

Ian Howson, Head of Catering and Hospitality at Trent College and The Elms, explained, “We are delighted with our EauVation Aqua80T system. Its modern, elegant and compact design means that it was the perfect solution for us.  Not only does it allow us to be more sustainable in how we serve our water to guests, the speed and efficiency of the system allows us to cope with the demand for water effortlessly.”

“We always bought our bottled water in bulk, twenty cases at a time, as that made good commercial sense.   Now we’ve moved to our EauVation system we’ve been able to save a huge amount of storage space in our chillers where we previously stored the bottled water.

“We would absolutely recommend EauVation to other schools looking to do the same.  We have been very impressed with the service we’ve received from the team– very simply, it has been a great decision and the Aqua80T has certainly delivered on the promise! The Aqua80T has enabled us to go further in our mission to reduce the schools’ environmental impact and work towards a sustainable future, without sacrificing the first-class service we provide.”

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Ian Howson

Head of Catering and Hospitality
“We are delighted with our EauVation Aqua80T system. Its modern, elegant and compact design means that it was the perfect solution for us. Not only does it allow us to be more sustainable in how we serve our water to guests, the speed and efficiency of the system allows us to cope with the demand for water effortlessly."

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