Vertas Group makes acquisition to become a national contract catering provider

Vertas Group has completed the acquisition of Churchill Catering in a deal which sees it become a national contract catering provider.

The company’s food proposition has primarily focused on the education sector up to now, with 40,000 meals prepared daily for school children and college students across East Anglia.

The takeover of Churchill sees Vertas moving into the commercial and leisure market across 50 UK sites, including Forestry Commission sites such as Go Ape in Thetford, and the headquarters of Church’s footwear, Forestry Commission Scotland and Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police.

Churchill boss Tony Nicholl, who has run the business for 22 years, is retiring and his son Stuart will continue to run the operations. All 350 staff will transition across to the new owners.

Tony Nicholl said: “Vertas is a business with a strong team which will add to the depth of our business offer including purchasing and resource planning. From clients’ perspectives nothing will change. The rest of the Churchill Catering team will continue to support the work they do for clients with their usual flair and determination”

Ian Surtees, CEO at Vertas Group, said: “We are delighted to be part of the longer term strategy of Churchill Catering and will support the superb management team to continue to deliver first class services to customers. The Vertas Group Directors and Senior Management Team are visiting all the new sites over the coming weeks with Stuart Nicholl from Churchill, to introduce ourselves to staff and further understand the needs of the business.”

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