Gather & Gather, the catering arm of facilities management giant Mitie, has today formally launched its division in Ireland.
The company's efforts to grow its operations in the country have seen its workforce doubled in size and the creation of a strong pipeline of new business opportunities, including two new contract wins with a combined annual turnover of €2m (£1.6m).
Today's formal launch will take place at Dublin restaurant Brioche, where Gather & Gather will also announce details of its collaboration with the restaurant.
Chef patron Gavin McDonagh will be a consultant for the caterer, creating a training academy for chefs and front of house employees, as well as menu consultation for clients. The collaboration was the brainchild of Aland Russell, who was appointed director of operations for Gather & Gather in Ireland at the start of the year.
Allister Richards, managing director of Gather & Gather, said: "We're readdressing the balance between client, customer and caterer, and putting the customer at the heart of what we do. Gavin's passion for great ingredients and fantastic service resonates with our own and it makes sense for our people to learn from and be inspired by the best."
McDonagh added: "Sharing a common food philosophy around the core principals of seasonal, locally sourced and innovative food we are excited about this project and the future opportunities it will bring."