04 March 2015
A unique partnership for catering solutions to enhance the organiser, exhibitor and visitor experience, Compass Group becomes catering partner at ExCeL London and forms an integral part of the vision to transform ExCeL's retail and hospitality environments.
ExCeL London, the home of world-leading events, has signed a 10 year contract with the sports, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK and Ireland - a world-leading food and support services provider - to become the venue's catering partner. This unique partnership establishes a holistic approach to catering services, helping ExCeL to deliver its vision to establish food as an enabler of events.
The on-site catering team will manage the catered for events, in-hall outlets and some of the retail units bespoke to ExCeL on the boulevard. Using their expert knowledge and insight of service, British sourcing and nutrition, the caterer will develop unique offers focused on the requirements of specific events and visitors to the venue.
This partnership is part of a wider programme to redefine every aspect of the visitors' food and drink experience at ExCeL from the overall environment and menu choices, to service offers, queue management and labeling.
David Pegler, CEO of ExCeL London said: "We have an ambitious plan to transform our retail and hospitality environments to help our organisers boost attendance, increase dwell time, create a great event experience, optimise opportunities to network and make new business contacts and inspire visitors to return to ExCeL London. Compass is an integral part of our plan; our partnership will set a benchmark for catering standards for the events industry to deliver the most positive event outcomes for visitors, delegates and exhibitors."
Colin Bailey, Managing Director, Levy Restaurants UK, sport, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland added: "We're thrilled to be extending our partnership with ExCeL. We have a fantastic relationship with the ExCeL team and we are really looking forward to building on this, creating a unique proposition for our market, reflecting ExCeL's ambitious plans and delivering legendary experiences for our guests."