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08 March 2005 by
Food Service briefing

Eurest picks up Shell deal Eurest has won a three-year contract to provide catering services at Shell's head office in Southbank, London. The deal will turn over more than £4m per year and cater for up to 2,700 Shell employees at a 750-seat staff restaurant. Eurest, the business and industry division of Compass Group, will employ about 120 staff on the contract, which was previously run by Aramark.

Leith's gets 10-year stretch at Hatfield House Leith's, the sport and leisure division of Compass Group, has been awarded a 10-year contract to provide corporate hospitality and visitor catering services at stately home Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The deal, which will turn over £1m per year, will provide conference facilities for up to 175 people, a banqueting service for up to 300 and catering services at the 150-seat visitor's restaurant. The contract was previously run by Simmons Bakers.

Wilson Vale chosen by Rhodia Pharma Solutions Independent contract caterer Wilson Vale has won a three-year contract to provide catering services at pharmaceutical manufacturer Rhodia Pharma Solutions in Cramlington, Northumberland. The deal, which will turn over £200,000 per year, will provide a breakfast, lunch and dinner service to 250 Rhodia staff. Seven Wilson Vale staff will work on the contract, which was previously held by Avenance.

Sunday Times placing for Holroyd Howe Independent contract caterer Holroyd Howe has been voted the 94th best UK company to work for in a poll in last week's Sunday Times. The Amersham-based company, which employs 740 people across 88 sites, believes that its proprietor-led ethos is the key to its success. Joint managing director Rick Holroyd said: "It's a testament to how we manage to keep our personal touch across the sites."

Autograph celebrates 24 new deals Autograph, the business and industry division of Initial catering, has announced 24 new contracts since the start of the year with a combined annual turnover of more than £6m.

They include the head offices of telecommunications giant Marconi, in Coventry, Warwickshire. Fifteen Autograph staff will work on the contract, which will turn over £700,000 per year. The contract was won from Sodexho.

Autograph also won the contract from Sodexho at the headquarters and training centre of Devon and Cornwall police in Exeter. Sixteen Autograph staff will serve 400 officers as part of a deal that will turn over £500,000 per year.

The Rentokil-owned caterer has also won the contract at the offices of medical diagnostic supplier Murex Biotech, in Dartford, Kent. The contract will turn over £150,000 per year and serve 400 Murex staff. Four Autograph staff will work on the contract, which was won from Host Catering.

by Tom Bill

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