Amey launches ‘cashless canteens’ for Renfrewshire schools

FACILITIES services provider Amey is providing pupils with an easier way of paying for meals after upgrading its ‘cashless catering system’ across its Renfrewshire Schools contract.

The new system, developed by software company Vericool, is said to have created a safer way to purchase food during the pandemic and removed maintenance and rental costs associated with cash top up machines. Amey said that over the duration of the contract, it anticipates the new solution will save around £130,000.

The introduction was supported by Renfrewshire Council’s cashless catering project team who are working to ensure all Renfrewshire schools and nurseries have online payments for parents and carers.

Amey delivers facilities and estate management services to the Renfrewshire Schools Private Finance Initiative across an estate of nine schools.

John Patterson, operations director for Amey Secure Infrastructure’s Scottish region, said, “We are continually trying to provide our customers with easier and cheaper ways of operating. During the pandemic we realised that cashless systems also built in an added level of reassurance for pupils, teachers and parents. We have been thrilled with the response to this new tool.”