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Acquisition confirmed to drive growth in visitor attraction market

18 October 2016

Sodexo has confirmed the acquisition of public catering contracts business Peyton and Byrne, which operates a number of contracts at many of London's high profile visitor attractions.

Purchased for an undisclosed sum, Peyton and Byrne was founded in 2005 by restaurateurs Oliver and Siobhan Peyton and has expanded organically over the last 11 years.

Its operation includes a modern British retail bakery and cafe business, along with the separate public catering contracts business.

Its list of contracts includes the National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Imperial War Museum, ICA and the Wallace Collection.

Sodexo Sports & Leisure, the company's catering and hospitality partner for sporting venues, major events and visitor attractions, will operate these contracts in the future.

In addition to strengthening its growth within the visitor attraction market and increasing its presence in the capital, Sodexo's acquisition is also designed to create a platform from which creative propositions will be introduced for clients.

Oliver and Siobhan Peyton will continue to lead newly-acquired public catering contacts.

Sodexo UK & Ireland Sports & Leisure chief executive officer Chris Bray said the two businesses "have shared values that put our clients first and ensure we respond to their needs and the needs of the market".

"We are bringing together our resources, talent and expertise to develop an attractive customer experience that will deliver greater value to all our clients," said Mr Bray.

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