About HCL

Our Organisation


Our Vision is… To become the First Choice in Education catering, renowned for achieving excellence in service delivery and keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do. Our Mission is…To be committed to consistently deliver an exemplary service, by focusing on improving our customers’ experience.

Message from our Chief Executive

“I’d like to welcome you to HCL’s website and the content beyond whether:

  • you are a parent wanting to discover more about your child’s meal provision,
  • a school or business interested in knowing what HCL can offer, or
  • one of our valued team members accessing our dedicated employee area.

Having joined HCL in 2014, it continues to be an honour to be part of a multi-award winning company with such a dedicated team of colleagues who demonstrate calibre, expertise and professionalism on a daily basis.

HCL is an entirely customer-driven organisation, delivering innovative solutions to the challenges of a fast-developing market and demanding customer base, working in partnership and supporting each of our clients’ objectives.”

Ian Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer

Award Winning

Specialist Catering


HCL is an award-winning specialist caterer with a foundation in the education sector. We provide quality services to academies, colleges and schools whilst maintaining a clear social ethos and bringing the acumen, drive and passion of a rapidly growing commercial organisation.

Improving school meals

At HCL our core aim is to improve school meals and make lunchtime a positive and integral part of a child’s school experience. That’s why we are so passionate about fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that help us to provide dishes that are not only popular with students but also comply with healthy eating standards and guidelines.

Our meals are fun, nutritious and delivered by a dedicated team of catering professionals with a focus on taste, value and quality. We can do this by ensuring that we use raw ingredients from a supply chain with a proven track record. We deliver dishes with a focus on taste, value and reassurance of the provenance of our meals.

Delivering excellence for our customers

Led by a professional and innovative management team, HCL provides cost-effective catering services to schools and colleges within and beyond the greater-Hertfordshire area. We have extensive experience in catering for the education sector with a team that has been specially selected to meet our clients’ needs. Our skills, knowledge and commercial know-how have meant that we have developed a strong reputation for excellence and can deliver customer centric services that are cost effective and quality focused.