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Prestige conference contract

08 October 2012

Sodexo Prestige has been awarded a £4.5m three-year contract with Conference Aston, to provide catering, housekeeping and cleaning services

Conference Aston is a portfolio of conference, hotel and event venues in Birmingham City centre. The venue is home to two award winning conference, meeting and training venues as well as a contemporary banqueting space and a 162 bedroom, urban chic hotel.

Sodexo Prestige will provide conference and banqueting catering, including a full restaurant offer from breakfast to dinner, room service to the 162 hotel bedrooms, hotel lounge drinks and bar meal and private restaurant facilities for corporate dining, weddings and social banqueting, as well as managing the housekeeping services in the hotel.

Conference Aston achieved IS14001 certification in 2011 and Sodexo Prestige will support this through the work on their own sustainable event management system, which aims to gain BS8901 certification within the next 12 months.

David Johnson, managing director for Sodexo Prestige England and Wales said, “We are delighted to start building our venue portfolio in the Midlands, which will increase the appeal of our venue group to the event organisers and we are also proud to operate in partnership with another Conference Centres of Excellence venue.

“We will offer cuisine expertly prepared on-site, using fresh, quality seasonal produce that is underpinned by our Fairtrade, ethical and sustainable philosophy. In a highly demanding marketplace of commercial conference and events venues, we have vast expertise in meeting and exceeding the needs of conference and event organisers.

"We understand the pressures of event organisers and their delegates’ expectation for fresh quality food that is skillfully prepared and presented. Our menus have been creatively designed to be nutritionally balanced. They are packed full of goodness and incorporate ‘super-foods’ and energy boosting ingredients to provide delegates and guests the opportunity to work to their optimum performance.”

Sodexo Prestige will also be providing cleaning services at the conference venues, through Sodexo’s cleaning offer, Essence.

Fiona Foster, the Director of Conference Aston said: “Conference Aston were keen to partner with a successful organisation who will not only enable consistently high quality service delivery in keeping with a premier conference venue and hotel, but who share our values and will pro-actively contribute to our mission – ‘To be recognised as the number one academic conference venue in the UK’. Sodexo Prestige demonstrated through the tender process its brand alignment with our culture and values, which will build the foundation for a true partnership relationship."

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