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Catering and events companies merge in latest FM consolidation move

05 December 2017

Following its merger with catering and services provider Concerto Group, announced yesterday, CH&Co Group says this now places it in a unique position in the FM sector.

No details were released concerning the financial side of the new arrangement for the two groups.

CH&Co said it will now be able to meet all event requirements from venue finding and booking to catering, production and entertainment.

It stated that the joint expertise and resources of the two businesses will "strengthen the group's reach and competitive edge . . . in the increasingly competitive events industry".

In addition to providing new opportunities including within conference centres and large-scale arenas, the merger will also create options for expansion within the hotel sector.

Turnover will be increased to £300m, with over 6,200 people employed and catering provided at more than 750 sites across the UK and Ireland.

Concerto Group brands will continue to operate as normal, including the recently opened The Lampery restaurant - a new venture with APEX Hotels - and chief executive officer (CEO) Adam Elliott will remain in his role.

CH&Co Group CEO Bill Toner said the deal is a positive move for both sides: "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."

In addition to new opportunities in the hotel sector, Mr Toner said the deal 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," he said.

Describing the year ahead as "very exciting" after the merger, Mr Elliott said: "Culturally, the two businesses are a great fit."

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