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Scotland - the Brave Move into On-site Catering

Centerplate, the international catering firm, has bought Heritage Portfolio, an Edinburgh based corporate hospitality and event caterer. Centerplate has become very active in the UK following its acquisition of the Lindley Group last year.

UK Division President, Adam Elliott, said:  “Combining our existing heritage and events divisions with Heritage Portfolio’s business, which manages outside events as well as on-site cafés in Scotland, provides us with a platform to re-launch and re-brand our two heritage and outside events operations under the Heritage Portfolio name.”

Centerplate will retain the Heritage Portfolio name to serve historic homes (such as Hopetoun House pictured above), museums, art galleries, theatres and off-premise catering in the UK, and the Heritage Portfolio’s directors will remain in place.

Other clients now served by the combined company include: the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and The Signet Library. Centerplate’s existing UK portfolio includes the ACC Liverpool; Warner Bros Studio Tour London; and sporting venues such as Barclay’s Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane football ground and Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium.


Copper Box Arena

The company was also recently appointed at the the Copper Box Arena by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to manage all of the public and event catering at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The 10-year contract, the value of which has not been disclosed, was awarded to Centreplate following a competitive tender which required caterers bidding for the contract to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the lasting legacy of the 2012 London Olympics and their adherence to LLDC’s Food Legacy Pledge; the Healthier Catering Commitment; and LLDC’s Priority Theme Initiatives.

Centerplate’s UK division has been managing the catering at the 7,500-seat Copper Box since July 2013, and the 10-year remit includes providing catering services for the London Lions Basketball Team now based at Copper Box Arena; all sporting events including the series of boxing matches staged by boxing promoter Frank Warren; concerts, conferences and dinners; together with a café. Centreplate will also manage the sales and marketing for conferences, dinners and events.

Alongside the Copper Box Café, which has 40 covers plus seating outside, Centreplate will install mobile catering units, pop-up bars and restaurants for large scale sporting and other events.

Centreplate is employing and training local people, and has pledged to work with local boroughs to introduce an apprenticeship scheme.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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