Outdoor catering firm Heathcotes Outside has won a three-year deal worth £300,000 with the Liverpool Boat Show.
Heathcotes Outside, which was founded by celebrity chef Paul Heathcote and his business partner Gary Bates, has been appointed to provide all corporate and consumer hospitality at the event.
The deal will also see a floating restaurant constructed on the Salthouse Dock in the heart of the show site.
The boat show is expected to attract more than 400,000 visitors and will be based in Liverpool's iconic Albert Dock.
Heathcotes Outside provided all the catering for the Liberal Democrat conference, which took place in Liverpool this week, and has catered for global stars such as Beyoncé and Lady GaGa when performing at the city's ECHO Arena.
Gary Bates, managing director of Heathcotes Outside, said: "We are delighted to announce our involvement with the Liverpool Boat Show. It is set to be a fantastic event and we are excited to be a part of it."
James Gower, event director of the Liverpool Boat Show, said: "I was impressed by Heathcotes' commitment to quality, creativity and customer service.
"The show will be strongly influenced by its location and we wanted a company that had a similar appreciation of Liverpool, its culture and its food.
"They were also extremely competitive on price, which is a benefit our visitors will notice."
Heathcotes Outside was founded in 1997. It is owned by venture capital firm Sovereign Capital, which also backed the management buy-out of Lindley Catering in July 2005. Other contracts it holds include Liverpool's Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Preston North End FC and Warrington Wolves RLFC.
By Neil Gerrard
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