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H+J wins £6m Dartmouth House contract

01 November 2016 by
H+J wins £6m Dartmouth House contract

Caterer H+J (recently rebranded from Harbour & Jones) has won a five-year, £6m contract at Dartmouth House in London's Mayfair.

The scope of the contract includes a bar, restaurant, and all-day services for members of the educational charity, the English-Speaking Union for all corporate and private events, including conferences, meetings, private parties and weddings.

H+J will also manage the sales process, marketing and room setup for all functions, creating a total of 13 new jobs in the process.

Jane Easton, director general of the English-Speaking Union said: "We chose to appoint H+J because of their innovative approach, talented chefs, high quality standards and values as well as their vision for an exciting future at Dartmouth House. We are very proud of our international headquarters, where the English-Speaking Union has been providing hospitality for nearly a century, and we are sure that H+J will do us proud."

Patrick Harbour, co-founder and director of Harbour & Jones which owns H+J, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won the contract at Dartmouth House, this iconic venue in the heart of London. The team are very excited to be working here and to help lead the way in its exciting business growth. Our talented chefs are really looking forward to creating bespoke and innovative menus which represent the organisation's strong heritage with a modern twist."

Foodservice business Harbour & Jones underwent a complete rebrand for all five of its brands last month, following 50% growth in its business.

Harbour & Jones, which this year celebrated 12 years in business, acquired two new companies in December 2015, leading to a considerable increase in the company's size.

H+J is the new brand identity for the longest-standing element of the business, providing service to business & industry, conference and banqueting venues and public cafés/restaurants within blue chip companies, and at some of London's top venues and visitor attractions.

Its parties and private events arm, Harbour & Jones Events, has been reimagined as a top-end experiential catering company called Tonic, which Harbour & Jones said would aim to create the "most innovative and daring events in the industry".

The two new businesses acquired by Harbour & Jones in December 2015, Fare of London, specialising in providing catering at heritage venues throughout the capital, and Principals, an education caterer for south-east England, have also been given new brand identities. Fare of London has been renamed Fare. Principals keeps its name but has been rebranded to echo the extensive changes that have taken place in the education catering market since the company began 26 years ago.

The only non-catering element of the Harbour & Jones business, Upfront, which provides reception and front-of-house services, has also been given a complete brand transformation.

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