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Why be a member?

To join LACA simply click here to complete the online form

10 good reasons why you should become a LACA member

Campaigning and lobbyingCampaigning & Lobbying

LACA works with Government and Industry Associations to represent the catering in schools sector interests. One current project is protecting and increasing the UIFSM value into the next comprehensive spending review.

The Main EventMain Event

The industry’s largest annual supplier exhibition and conference. Membership fee gains a reduction the cost of the conference covering the cost of membership. Networking opportunities, innovation and product launches. Gain national recognition for the work you and your team do at the annual awards ceremony.

National School Meals Week NSMW

Benefit from being part of a national promotion, boost uptake, attract new customers and retain your current ones by taking advantage of free resources and activities and being part of national media coverage.  Held in November each year, NSMW gives you the chance to celebrate and promote the value of meals. With a specific website for members, where you can access free and exciting support and theme day materials.

School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) SCOTY

Benefit locally from being part of a national event which showcases your skills and talents.

Regional networking eventsRegional networking events

Phone 0333 005 0226 to find your local regional chair for local information.

Comprehensive and interactive websiteWebsite

Which is an invaluable source of information and news about your industry. Newsletters, magazine and handbook keeping you up to date.

Learning and developmentL&D

Easy to access on line learning for you and your team.

Workforce developmentSWD

Setting the standards for key posts in the sector which helps to engage and motivate staff, raise morale and encourage teamwork. The standards will assist you with recruitment, selection and induction.

Seminars and eventsSeminar

To assist in the development of new skills and make sure you are up to date with new legislation.

Menu Checking ServiceMenu Checking Service

Use the service and include the LACA Menu Checked logo to assure your customers the food you serve is legally compliant - reduced charge for members.

Included within your annual membership fee, LACA offers and organises the major events of the education catering industry;

Host a School ChefHost a School Chef

Host a School Chef is firmly established as one of the most popular events in the school catering calendar. The promotion offers school chefs the opportunity to spend a day in the kitchen of some of the most exclusive restaurants in the country, working alongside some of the most celebrated chefs in the catering industry, demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent of today’s education caterers.

Professional Standards/Learning and Development Pro StandardsL&D

The School Workforce Professional Standards clearly define the professional requirements that underpin the delivery of quality school food and the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an individual needs to achieve the best standard of performance in their job role.

E-learning packagese-learning

LACA Ltd., through Highfield Qualifications, offer and a suite of learning packages, each learner will receive a certificate on successful completion.

Food Safety - Levels 1,2 & 3, Health & Safety - Levels 1,2 & 3
Manual Handling - Level 1, Allergen Awareness - Level 1
Fire Safety - Level 2, Customer Service - Level 2
There are also a number of short courses on offer


As a member you will receive legislation updates, regular newsletters, School Caterer magazine and annual yearbook providing a valuable reference tool.

How to join

To join LACA simply complete the online form

Types of Membership

Individual Membership
This full membership category gives full voting rights and enables you to attend local branch meetings and obtain concessionary rates at the annual conference. Details of LACA events can either be sent to your business or home address.

Associate Membership
This grade of membership is for people or businesses working with or supplying to local authority caterers. It would suit consultants to the sector, food and equipment suppliers and anyone else with an interest in this market place. It entitles you to all the benefits of individual membership except that you are unable to vote at meetings.

Corporate Membership
This is available to any catering organisation to enable them to involve their whole management team in the activities of LACA. The package is for five named members. All correspondence is sent to the Corporate Head Office.

Retired Membership
LACA values the experience of its long term members and welcomes their continued involvement beyond retirement.

Annual Subscription Rates - 2020

2020 Full
individual corporate first member additional
Membership fee £79.17 £354.17 £264.17 £106.67 £ 25.00 £ 15.00
VAT 20% £15.83 £70.83 £52.83 £21.33 £ 5.00 £ 3.00
TOTAL £95.00 £ 425.00 £317.00 £128.00 £30.00 £ 18.00

For more information contact 0333 005 0226 or email