ABOUT THE COMPANY
Founded in May 2017, Lean Lunch is a health conscious start-up supplying a subsidised catering service to companies who value health and well-being for their staff, encouraging access to a healthy lunch. Orders are made for pre-order and free delivery for companies in Leeds. The chilled meals are then delivered by environmentally friendly cycles ready to eat in fully compostable packaging, with the objective for Lean Lunch to be a zero waste food company.
Founder and MD Sat Mann is passionate about the effects of nutrition on mental and physical health and wellbeing and after exiting from a successful recruitment company wanted to create a solution to the problem of city centre eating, crowded queues at peak times and that habit of grabbing anything to eat – unhealthy, unsustainable, not environmentally friendly and impacting on productivity.
The team worked with experienced chef Matthew Benson-Smith, who trained in Paris with a Michelin-starred chef and nutritionist Elizabeth Cooper to develop incredibly tasty yet super healthy meals using high quality fresh produce with no refined ingredients.
Like many start-ups, trials and testing began at home, but with the market showing a strong appetite for this healthy offering, Sat recognised he would need to set up a professional standard kitchen facility, and employ a small team to ensure the business started in a strong position.
Sat was introduced to Haroon, his AD:VENTURE adviser, who quickly established the grant offer would be perfect to help Sat set up the kitchen, supporting those early and challenging start up costs and supporting the recruitment of the full team.
Haroon supported Sat to develop his business plan, and Lean Lunch successfully applied for grant funding of £11,200 towards project costs and quickly moved into a new custom, professional kitchen in the Cardigan Workspace.
The move has already resulted in 4 full time jobs, with more to come.
The team have started strong, with two of Leeds City centre’s largest employers agreeing to trial the healthy delivery service, nutritional seminars and workshops that Lean Lunch offer.
Catherine Boddington, Head of Learning & Development at Sky Betting and Gaming commented “It’s really important to us to look after the well-being of our people at SBG. Part of this is making it easy for people to eat delicious and nutritionally balanced food whilst they are at work ….. That’s what Lean Lunch offer.”
Richard Giles, Partner and Health and Wellbeing Leader for PwC in Leeds is a big supporter. He commented “At PwC we believe it is important to look after the health and wellbeing of our team. Making it easy for our people to be physically active, eat well and take care of their mental wellbeing is the right thing to do from a moral and business point of view – Lean Lunch fits right into that. ”
Sat says “It’s been an amazing experience to launch the first online healthy food delivery service in Leeds.
Our ambition is to change the way people eat at work with a conviction of the positive impact this will have for both employers and employees. The early adoption of our service by PwC and SKYBET has been fantastic, it validates how forward thinking employers view the positive impact of nutrition on wellness.
We are very grateful for the grant support from AD:VENTURE which has crucially supported the capital costs of launching the business”