Independent caterer CH&Co is to merge its Scottish business with Stirling-based Inspire Catering as part of its ambition to become a "leading player" in the Scottish food and hospitality industry.
The catering giant plans to make further investments in Scotland to expand on its current 36 outlets within its Scottish division.
Inspire was founded in 2008 by David Pease and Lorna McFarlane and has since grown to a team of 250 employees serving 14,000 customers every day across the workplace and education sectors, catering for more independent school pupils in Scotland than any other caterer.
Pease and McFarlane will continue in their current roles and take responsibility for CH&Co's existing contracts in Scotland.
They said: "We are both really delighted to announce this exciting news. It further strengthens our market position and means we now have a collective ability to drive forward with a fresh impetus to the benefit of our clients, customers and our employees. It's very much business as usual for us all.
CH&Co chief executive Bill Toner said: "For some time now we've had a strong desire to grow our market share and invest in Scotland. Inspire Catering is the ideal partner for us to achieve this and the merging of our Scottish businesses now makes us a significant and dynamic player in the Scottish market.
"Lorna and David have built a very strong company and culturally, we share many of the same values and ambitions. This has proven to be the right time to come together and take our combined business to new levels in the coming years."Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).