01 October 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Caterer Company of Cooks has announced that it is to join forces with independent caterer and Royal Warrant holder CH&CO.
Company of Cooks, which runs businesses in London and the South East and has a turnover of £35 million and 600 employees, operates in the visitor attraction and cultural sectors, including at RHS Garden Wisley, the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery.
Mike Lucy, founder of Company of Cooks, will continue to manage the business and the Company of Cooks brand, and says its ethos and tailored approach to its partners will remain. He will also lead on sharing best practice across the combined portfolio.
Company of Cooks will gain the extra support that a larger organisation such as CH&CO can supply, particularly in back-office functions, but also in learning and development opportunities for team members.
Lucy said the merger "provides us with a greater ability to compete and, with the benefit of CH&CO and the Company of Cooks' credentials and distinct personality".
Bill Toner, CH&CO's CEO, added that the merger "means more opportunities for our teams and partners".