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Lindley scores £5m deal at Notts County FC

Lindley scores £5m deal at Notts County FC

Lindley Venue Catering has scored a £5m contract with Notts County Football Club.

The five-year deal will see the stadia division of the Lindley Group operate all match-day and non-match-day catering services at the League One club, taking over management from the in-house team.

Lindley will aim to maximise the revenue opportunities at the Meadow Lane venue, which has recently refurbished its conference and banqueting facilities, reception area, hospitality lounges, and executive boxes.

It will develop the food retail, bar and hospitality catering services at the 20,000-seat capacity stadium which, also hosts home matches for Championship league team Nottingham Rugby.

The Lindley Group will also contribute £65,000 towards the refurbishment of the club's function room, the 1862 Suite, which will take place over the summer months in readiness for the new season.

James Rodwell, Notts County FC's chief executive, said he was keen to capitalise on the investment that had been made in the facilities at the stadium.

"The Lindley name is well-respected in sports stadia catering and they also have experience of catering for stadia which host both rugby and football matches, so their match-day experience certainly got them on to the tender list," he said.

"Another key criterion was that the selected catering partner not only had to have the culinary skills to raise the bar in terms of developing our hospitality menus, but they also needed to demonstrate sales and marketing expertise in bringing in private and corporate events business."

Jonathan Davies, Lindley's head of sales and marketing, added: "The facilities now available at Notts County FC really are exceptional. A lot of thought and planning has gone into ensuring that they are equipped to the very highest standards, and we will be working with the club to develop and promote a comprehensive portfolio of non-match-day hospitality packages which will make the venue extremely attractive for both private and corporate hire.

"Just as importantly, we'll be providing match-goers with good-value, quality food - including our award-winning pies - and we will be creating and introducing new match-day hospitality menus featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce."

Pictured: Aileen Trew, director at Notts County FC, and Matthew Nicholson, Lindley's midlands regional manager

By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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