Catering firms merge businesses to create £300m ‘one-stop-shop’

Adam Elliot, CEO, Concerto Group (left) and Bill Toner, CEO, CH&Co Group

CH&Co Group this morning confirmed it is merging with events catering and services company Concerto Group in a deal that creates a business worth £300m in sales.

The move puts the business in a position of being able to offer clients a one-stop-shop that meets all event requirements, including venue finding and booking, catering, production and entertainment – a service that it claims no other caterer can currently offer.

CH&Co believes that combining the resources and expertise of the two companies will strengthen the group’s reach and competitive edge, and realise new growth potential, particularly in conference centres and large-scale arenas. The merger also opens up new opportunities within the hotel sector.

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The development increases the group’s turnover to £300m and it will now provide catering at over 750 sites across the UK and Ireland, employing more than 6200 people.

Concerto Group’s CEO, Adam Elliott, will continue to head up the business and its brands which include leading event caterer, Create, and brands such as Ultimate Experience, Eventwise and JD Parties.

Concerto also operates at a number of prestigious venues around the UK including The Pavilion at The Tower of London, Old Billingsgate, Honourable Artillery Company, Roundhouse, Plaisterers’ Hall and The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool.

This month Concerto opened up The Lampery restaurant in a new food and beverage venture with APEX Hotels.

CH&Co Group’s CEO, Bill Toner, said: “CH&Co Group and Concerto Group are both well-known and respected players achieving great things in the events market so our union is a very positive development. Both companies bring a great mix of talent, expertise, creativity, resources and assets to the party, and together we create a really attractive proposition in this highly competitive arena. It also gives us an introduction into the hotel sector. This new territory for CH&Co Group is an area I know well and it’s a very exciting prospect.”

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