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How to guarantee success on a plate

Is the industry’s obsession with good cuisine a flash in the pan, or a trend to continue? Briony Key finds out   Overhearing conversations in lifts is one way to see how delegates judge conferences and events. One I heard recently went like this: “I’ve got to go to a conference tomorrow.” “Right, does it include lunch? Who’s catering?” Delegates’ expectations have been raised by the exceptional food and service offered in recent years.

CH&Co and HCM Group served up £200m merger

HCM Group (Host Catermasters Group) and event caterers CH&Co have merged to form a new major player in the UK catering sector, with a combined turnover approaching £200m. The new business will be called the CH&Co Group, comprising a 4,500-strong team delivering services to 400 operations across the UK and Ireland.

Christmas comes early for Kudos

A caterer and venue management firm has boosted  sales by 12%. Caterer Kudos has pulled in 1,636,255 events so far this year compared to 1,459,480 for the same period last year. Kudos provides catering and venue management at some of the UK’s best known event venues including Gibson Hall, Brighton Centre, Harrogate International Centre and Central Hall Westminster. Gibson Hall is the best permer of the bunch so far in 2015 with 68% of all incoming enquiries accounting for summer events, a 31% increase compared to last year. Nicky Pratt, events and development at Kudos said 2015 has seen a