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Compass Group wins groundbreaking Ricoh Arena deal

07 April 2009

Compass Group UK & Ireland has signed a £125m catering and FM deal with the Ricoh Arena, which is claimed to be the first of its kind in the sports and leisure market.

The contract includes catering for the international sports, leisure, exhibition, conference and banqueting complex for the next 10 years, as well as a full facilities service across the award-winning venue. Compass Group will be responsible for hotel management, housekeeping, security, guest services, portering and the venue’s sales and marketing operation.

The Ricoh Arena is the home of Coventry City FC and has emerged as a leading international concert venue hosting Take That and Oasis this summer. The Jaguar Hall attracted more than 100 major events over the last 12 months including conferences, exhibitions, banquets, product launches and Christmas parties. It can host concerts for 8,000 as an indoor arena, and also includes an integrated hotel and health club and the largest casino in the UK.

Daniel Gidney, chief executive of the Ricoh Arena, said: “This is the first time any support services company has entered into such a wide-ranging multi-services deal in the leisure industry in the UK. This contract with Compass underlines the growth in size and international reputation of the Ricoh. It will see both companies continuing the progress they have made in partnership over the last five years.”

Compass Sports Leisure and Hospitality is the market leader in the UK in this field, providing innovative and flexible catering and facilities management solutions to large multi-service venues across the country.

Matthew Thompson, Managing Director, Sport, Leisure & Hospitality for Compass, said: “We have major joint ventures at other sporting venues which take in catering and facilities, but this is the first time we have entered into such a deep integrated facilities management deal for multiple services with an operating company. We are delighted to expand our relationship with such a great venue. The Ricoh Arena has developed considerably since it opened and is now regarded internationally as a premier destination venue for a whole range of events across business, entertainment and sport.”


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