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NEWS
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CH&Co Group and Concerto Group
Announce Merger
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H&Co Group has recently
announced its merger with
the events catering and
services company, Concerto Group.
The move puts the business in an
enviable position of being able to offer
clients a one-stop shop that meets all
event requirements – from venue
finding and booking to catering,
production and entertainment –
something that no other caterer can
currently offer.
In the increasingly competitive events
industry, combining the resources and
expertise of these two successful,
innovative 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.
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, event
management; bespoke event full
service management agency, Mask;
corporate team building business,
Eventwise; venue finding specialists,
Venueseeker; and Christmas and
summer party specialists, 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.
The deal is a positive move for both
companies, says CH&Co Group’s
CEO, Bill Toner, “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.
“This is great news for our clients too.
We’ll be able to offer additional
services such as team building events
and specialist party and event options
in many locations around the country.
“CH&Co Group has grown rapidly in
recent years through welcoming a
number of businesses into the family.
As well as making sure this always
makes perfect business sense, we’re
committed to ensuring our people
benefit from enhanced working
practices and greater development
opportunities that such growth offers.
This is no different, and we look
forward to welcoming the Concerto
Group team to our extended family."
Adam Elliott, Chief Executive, Concerto
Group added: “For our clients and our
teams it’s very much business as
usual. As we enter what is perhaps the
busiest time of the year for the events
industry, our clients will enjoy the great
food and service that our reputation is
built on. Looking forward, we will be
working closely with our new
colleagues to pool resources and
expertise to maximise the strength of
the partnership and capitalise on the
new growth potential available to us.
The year ahead is going to be very
exciting.
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Interserve Wins Place on Major Civil Engineering
Frameworks
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nterserve, the international support services and construction
group, has won a place on major
highway and infrastructure frameworks in Manchester and across the
Yorkshire and Humber Region.
The framework lots to which Interserve
is appointed have a potential value in
excess of £500 million. These public
sector frameworks provide opportunities to deliver projects for local authorities and other public sector bodies
within the North West and Yorkshire.
Procured by Manchester City Council,
the new flagship framework for the
North West will run for four years and
cover work for clients across Greater
Manchester and the wider region, and
will comprise highways works, infrastructure and civil engineering projects.
Appointment on the Manchester framework follows on from Interserve winning places on the four-year YORcivil2
Frameworks, which cover a wide range
of infrastructure projects including
highways, structures and flood alleviation works for local authorities and other regionally based public sector
bodies.
Chris Tyerman, Interserve’s Managing
Director for Infrastructure, said:
“We are delighted to have secured our
place on these new frameworks, which
provide an ideal fit for our strategy of
sustainable growth and long-term client
relationships.
“We very much welcome the
opportunities
these
frameworks
provide to deliver vital infrastructure
projects alongside clients who share
our commitment to providing local
economic and social value benefits
within their respective regions.”
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