Catering and events management company Searcys has won four new high profile contracts worth £150m.
From 2012, Searcys will take over event and visitor catering at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire; Royal College of General Practitioners in Euston Square, London; Army and Navy Club in St James, London and London Southend Airport.
The contract at Blenheim Palace – the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill - was previously held by the upmarket ‘Prestige’ division of Sodexo and Searcys CEO Doug Tetley said the win highlighted the progress that has been made since the company went through a management buyout 12 months ago.
“Endorsements do not come much higher than that and we can’t wait to start catering for Blenheim visitors and making the partnership a hugely successful one,” he said.
He added that Searcys was expecting up to 300 per cent sales growth in many of its venues during the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Gherkin, in particular, was in high demand for private hire functions during the games, with an estimated sales impact of £4m.
Tetley said: “Searcys has proved to be fantastically positioned for London 2012. Our flagship venues have proved to be real magnets for people looking to enjoy the event, and our business as a whole benefits when there is a feel good factor around – which London 2012 will certainly bring.
“Our new champagne bar has just opened at Westfield Stratford City so will experience its first summer of trading in the amazing atmosphere of an Olympic village, and we are expecting that to provide a phenomenal platform for its future success.”
Searcys has teamed up with Welsh 400m hurdler World Champion and Olympic hopeful, Dai Greene. He will be supporting high profile events with the caterer throughout the build up to the games.
Pictured: Searcys CEO Doug Tetley and champion hurdler Dai Greene