Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the company behind a number of major contract catering businesses including BaxterStorey, has acquired Bartlett Mitchell.
With Covid-19 restrictions having a material impact on the workplace catering sector, Bartlett Mitchell said that joining WSH would offer a robust proposition and a sustainable platform for growth.
It will continue to operate under its own independent operational structure following the move, with co-founder Wendy Bartlett and her senior team remaining in their posts.
Ms Bartlett, who started the business in 2000 with Ian Mitchell, said: “Our BM family will benefit from greater career opportunities and increased financial security due to the company’s presence in multiple sectors, and their growing presence across Europe.
“Bartlett Mitchell and BaxterStorey bring together market-leading training and people development expertise, talented teams and a strong focus on sustainability.
“Our clients will gain from our combined resources. With the workplace changing, this is a pivotal moment for our sector and this positions us ready and committed to seize this opportunity.”
Noel Mahony, co-chief executive of BaxterStorey and director at WSH, said the contract catering industry was facing its toughest period to date but the combined resources of the two businesses would enable it to accelerate innovation and create a compelling food hospitality offer.
“It’s an increasingly challenging time for the sector but together we are stronger,” he said.
Bartlett Mitchell employs more 1,000 staff which before the pandemic were serving 50,000 customers every day in 100 locations across the UK.