We are privileged to serve 441,000 catering customers and 641,000 small businesses. Our catering customers include restaurants, fast food outlets, licenced premises and cost centre caterers. These can be independent, single site locations, Group Accounts and National Chains. All customers can draw upon the Booker, Makro, Classic and Chef Direct infrastructures. This has helped strengthen caterer satisfaction and grown like-for-like catering sales by 4.4%. This is despite price deflation in the catering market.
We have also made good progress with Group Accounts, such as Enterprise Group and Rick Stein, where we serve these accounts from Booker and Makro.
Our Chef Direct business, which serves national accounts from our distribution centre in Didcot, has also had a good year serving clients including Byron Burgers, Carluccios, Prezzo, Aramark and Wagamama.