Compass, the world's largest catering firm, seems to have turned a corner since Richard Cousins was appointed chief executive 18 months ago. The company has 35,000 clients and operates 40,000 restaurants around the world in such places as hospitals, schools, universities and workplaces. It has been able to maintain gross margins this year despite the cost of foodstuffs rising between 4% and 5% and profits increased by £101m. The only place margins have not improved is in the UK, but Cousins praises the new UK team for arresting the decline. The Sunday Times 02/12/07 (Business) page 3.15