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Our ethos

We follow three fundamental values. We are professional in the work we do. We remain impartial in how we evaluate and treat suppliers. We take pride in being transparent in allowing our customers to audit the work we do for them.

High professional standards

Our procurement experts are qualified and maintain membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, adhering to EU procurement law and the highest standards of professional practice.

Our greatest asset

Our 60-strong team has the experience to act as an integral part of your purchasing operation. Recognising that it is our people who drive our success, we actively encourage all employees to add to their skills, contribute to the future of the business and achieve their potential.

March Hancock,


After completing a two-year Post Graduate Business Course in his mid 20s, with spells in the UK, France and Germany, March undertook a number of UK and European marketing posts. These included working for a major wine and spirits wholesaler, an international brewer (Whitbread/Inbev) and a Swiss-based travel organisation. He was also CEO of Best Western Hotels for six years. In 1989, March formed Pelican Buying – a Food/Drinks Buying Consortium supporting independent businesses in the hospitality industry. In the last 25 years, he has built up a team of 60+ committed professionals and the company enjoys a substantial presence in the food procurement arena within the Education and Public Sectors.

Shabaz Mohammed,

Managing Director

Ten years ago, Shabaz Mohammed became responsible for the overall direction of Pelican. His philosophy was to transform Pelican to provide a professional service that could withstand any scrutiny, to be truly transparent allowing customers to audit Pelican’s work and to be totally impartial representing customers' best interests at all times.

More recently he has directed the company to develop a series of web based back office solutions for customers to drive efficiency and visibility of their business.

His career started in the Royal Air Force as an engineering officer on a Phantom Air Defence Squadron. He later embarked in a purchasing career within food manufacturing, wholesale distribution and contract catering industries.

Peter Harrison,

Head of IT

Peter joined Pelican in August 2017 and was handed the responsibility for our IT infrastructure and systems, development of Pi and everything else to do with technology.

He has over 40 years' experience in IT, mostly in software development. Starting as a programmer with the Aircraft Research Association in Bedford, in the days when a computer filled a large room, he has since worked in senior management positions for a range of companies including RM plc, McAfee and Communisis plc.

Peter's focus is on ensuring that Pi is continuously evolving to meet the needs of Pelican's customers and that the IT infrastructure and systems support the rest of the business, so we can keep delivering for our customers.

Martin Hudson,

Head of Procurement

Martin has worked at Pelican for 10 years, leading the team of procurement experts as they manage the purchasing and supply chain requirements of our clients.

With over 15 years purchasing experience within the foodservice industry, FMCG and contract catering arena, Martin has vast experience and industry knowledge which is put to good use as he and his team deliver effective professional solutions to meet clients' needs and objectives. His focus is to ensure that Pelican always works in the best interests of our clients through the provision of a professional purchasing service.

Franco Scannella,

Head of Finance

Franco joined the Pelican team in February 2012 having previously held a number of senior finance management roles at companies such as Virgin Media and British American Tobacco.

A qualified Accountant and member of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ), Franco is responsible for all aspects of financial governance and reporting as well as Pelican’s invoice payment processing service, Central Billing. Franco continues to provide commercial, profit-led leadership whilst driving through the change from paper-based documentation to online, real time visibility and reporting of our customers invoices and purchasing patterns.

Ian Holliday,

Head of Sales

Ian oversees a team of 13 people. His job is to ensure that everyone understands the changing needs of Pelican's customer base and that they have the right skills to match suppliers to those needs. Ian must also ensure that he and his team provide the correct information to help customers make the right purchasing decisions. Ian has a great deal of experience in the food service industry; before joining Pelican he worked for 21 years for 3663 and Brakes.

Our nominated charities

Pelican is a longstanding supporter and corporate partner of Shooting Star Chase, a local children’s hospice caring for young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. We have made a pledge to donate 4% of our annual profits to the charity. To date, we are delighted and proud to have donated over £125,000.

Shooting Star Chase

We are also proud to support The Clink Charity and Springboard Charity.

The Clink Charity’s sole aim is to reduce reoffending rates of ex-offenders. Working in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service they run projects that train and give practical skills to prisoners to aid their rehabilitation. Through the Clink Restaurants, prisoners are able to learn, engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life.

The Clink Charity

The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential; nurtures unemployed people of any age into work; and helps alleviate poverty by supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within hospitality, leisure and tourism.

The Springboard Charity

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