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Merger set to increase CH&Co catering offer

06 June 2017

A merger has been announced between CH&Co Group and independent caterer Harbour & Jones for an undisclosed sum.

As a result of the merger, CH&Co stated that its turnover will increase to £265m.

Staff numbers will also increase to more than 6,000 and catering will be provided to in excess of 700 sites around the UK and Ireland, according to the statement.

The various brands within Harbour & Jones, including H+J, Fare, Tonic, Principals and Upfront will retain their identities and founders and managing partners Patrick Harbour and Nathan Jones will continue in their roles.

Explanation for the new arrangement included increasing competition and factors such as global political influences.

Merging the two business is expected to "extend the reach of both in the business and industry, leisure, heritage, events and education sectors" through being competitive and encouraging growth, said the statement.

CH&Co Group chief executive officer Bill Toner said both companies have enjoyed sustained growth, which would continue through combining assets, knowledge and skills.

He further stated that his group's previous mergers show that "being part of a larger company doesn't dilute a business' personality or touch", but can have the opposite effect.

"We're thrilled to have Harbour & Jones join the CH&Co Group and we look forward to realising the opportunities this merger creates for the business, our clients and our teams," said Mr Toner.

His sentiments were echoed by Messrs Harbour and Jones in looking forward to the new working arrangement and celebrating further extending the reach through sharing of expertise and culture.

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