CH&CO has announced the acquisition of Mitie Catering, comprising Gather & Gather and Creativevents, the workplace catering and events businesses of Mitie.
The deal brings an increase in turnover of £137m, 330 more sites across the UK and Ireland, and an additional 3,600 team members to CH&CO.
Joining the CH&CO portfolio of businesses, Gather & Gather becomes part of the company that is dedicated to food and beverages, whilst continuing to provide catering services to Mitie’s Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) clients under a strategic partnership agreement.
Gather & Gather has built up workplace and event catering business which complements CH&CO’s clients across sectors including destinations, venues, education, livery and healthcare, as well as workplaces and events. CH&CO also holds a Royal Warrant for the provision of catering services to HM Queen.
Bill Toner, chief executive officer, CH&CO, says: “This acquisition is a key part of our growth strategy and represents a great opportunity for Mitie, Gather & Gather and CH&CO. We are very excited about the future growth potential for our business in our strategic partnership with Mitie – we bring scale and catering expertise; Mitie brings an extensive client list and innovation, and we both have a reputation for great customer service. The sharing of best practice will drive an even better service for our clients, and the enlarged CH&CO group creates unparalleled opportunities for growth.
As part of the acquisition, Allister Richards will continue in his role as managing director of Gather & Gather. Catering will remain an important part of Mitie’s services but will now be provided to clients under an exclusive strategic partnership agreement with Gather & Gather and CH&CO rather than self-delivered by Mitie.