Business Design Centre




We are a food focused company obsessed with providing our customers with delicious, healthy, responsibly sourced food every day.

Our preference is always using seasonal, local produce from small uniquely dedicated food producers providing our customers with distinctive, high-quality products. Over 90% of our nominated suppliers are local as we believe that it is hugely important to generate sustainability within the local communities that we work and to keep food miles to a minimum. We boast partnerships with some off the best suppliers of natural, fresh sustainable produce.

We actively promote sustainable fish through our commitment to Sustainable Fish City and MSC certification. All our fresh pork, beef, lamb, poultry, fresh milk, butter, fresh British fruit and vegetables are 100% Red Tractor certified, which guarantees traceability of our food products back to the farm. All our eggs and milk are free range and our coffee is Rainforest Alliance accredited.


We fully understand the impact our business can have on the environment and the communities in which we operate, so we work in an ethical and sustainable way to meet these challenges. We are accredited with the Environmental Management System ISO14001 and are a Carbon Neutral Company. Our objective is to always seek to act in the best long-term interests of our clients and our environment.

Here are some of the initiatives we deliver at The Business Design Centre:

Effective waste reduction supported by specialist resource

We use various measures to reduce our waste and our objective is to achieve zero waste to landfill. We have a central, specialised waste management resource which support our services to achieve robust recycling in line with ISO 27001.

Eliminating single use plastics

We have actively reduced plastic waste in our cafes. This year we are taken further steps to eradicate the use of plastic disposables and bottles. We have introduced bamboo reusable cutlery and are committed to eliminating the use of single use plastic bottles and replaced these with glass. Our team at the BDC have all been issued with reusable water bottles. In addition, Jack’s café have replaced our breakfast grab and go range with glass jars.

Solving the problem of takeaway cups

We work with all our clients promoting KeepCups, and encourage our customers to bring their own cups to our cafes. In Jack’s café we offer 30p off to all our customers using keeping cups.
Compostable Disposables
All of our disposables in Jacks (take away cutlery, hot beverage cups, napkins & salad boxes) are all bio degradable. These will all breakdown in BDC’s chosen waste system in a 12-week period.

Supporting the use of wonky vegetables

To assist in the reduction of waste at farm level we are working with a local farm in Kent purchasing their wonky vegetables which would otherwise be left for waste.

Recycling Coffee & Oil

At GEC we get through a huge amount of coffee in our cafés so where possible, we bag up all used coffee and give away to customers for garden composte. All our waste oil is currently collected from our sites by Olleco and turned into Biodiesel.

WasteLESS Week

This year we held the annual WasteLESS Week during October, which is a competition across our business to recognise the team which makes the biggest impact on tackling waste; whether it’s the volume of waste reduced, team engagement or an innovative initiative.


People are at the heart of our business from our customers, employees and our community. We are committed to being a good employer and contribute positively to the communities in which we work. Our team at BDC are committed to helping a local food bank and giving away food waste to feed the ever-growing homeless community.

We actively support our people in volunteering and work alongside a number of charities helping to tackle hunger and malnutrition, either through directly feeding vulnerable people, delivering education or skills training that equip individuals to improve their overall wellbeing.

For more information you can download a copy of their environmental policy.

Open the GEC Environmental Policy
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