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CH&Co Group secures spot in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list

CH&Co Group has been listed in the 13th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

Compiled by Fast Track and published in the Sunday Times, the league table ranks Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales.  CH&Co Group came in at a strong position of number 124.

Madeleine Musselwhite, CH&Co Group’s chief financial officer who collected the award at a special dinner held at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London said: “Securing a spot on the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 is a great achievement and we’re very proud of the accolade. Since CH&Co Group formed in 2015, following the merger of HCM and CH&Co, our growth strategy, which is based on both organic growth and mergers, has set us on a consistent upward curve and taken the business from strength to strength.  2017 has been another exciting year of growth, particularly with Harbour & Jones and Concerto joining the Group, so we will be looking at next year’s Top Track 250 list with keen interest.”


CH&Co Group and Concerto Group announce merger

CH&Co Group has today announced its merger with the events catering and services company, Concerto Group.

The move puts the business in an enviable position of being able to offer clients a one-stop shop that meets all event requirements - from venue finding and booking to catering, production and entertainment - something that no other caterer can currently offer.

In the increasingly competitive events industry, combining the resources and expertise of these two successful, innovative companies will strengthen the Group's reach and competitive edge, and realise new growth potential, particularly in conference centres and large-scale arenas. The merger also opens up new opportunities within the hotel sector.

The development increases the Group's turnover to £300m and it will now provide catering at over 750 sites across the UK and Ireland, employing more than 6200 people.

Concerto Group's CEO, Adam Elliott, will continue to head up the business and its brands which include leading event caterer, Create, and brands such as Ultimate Experience, event management; bespoke event full service management agency, Mask; corporate team building business, Eventwise; venue finding specialists, Venueseeker; and Christmas and summer party specialists, JD Parties. Concerto also operates at a number of prestigious venues around the UK including The Pavilion at The Tower of London, Old Billingsgate, Honourable Artillery Company, Roundhouse, Plaisterers' Hall and The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. This month Concerto opened up The Lampery restaurant in a new food and beverage venture with APEX Hotels.

The deal is a positive move for both companies, says CH&Co Group's CEO, Bill Toner, "CH&Co Group and Concerto Group are both well-known and respected players achieving great things in the events market so our union is a very positive development. Both companies bring a great mix of talent, expertise, creativity, resources and assets to the party, and together we create a really attractive proposition in this highly competitive arena. It also gives us an introduction into the hotel sector. This new territory for CH&Co Group is an area I know well and it's a very exciting prospect."
"This is great news for our clients too. We’ll be able to offer additional services such as team building events and specialist party and event options in many locations around the country."
"CH&Co Group has grown rapidly in recent years through welcoming a number of businesses into the family. As well as making sure this always makes perfect business sense, we're committed to ensuring our people benefit from enhanced working practices and greater development opportunities that such growth offers. This is no different, and we look forward to welcoming the Concerto Group team to our extended family."

Adam Elliott, Chief Executive, Concerto Group added: "For our clients and our teams it's very much business as usual. As we enter what is perhaps the busiest time of the year for the events industry, our clients will enjoy the great food and service that our reputation is built on. Looking forward, we will be working closely with our new colleagues to pool resources and expertise to maximise the strength of the partnership and capitalise on the new growth potential available to us. The year ahead is going to be very exciting."
"Culturally, the two businesses are a great fit. Looking after our clients and our people is at the heart of what we both do, and as a result, we are able to fulfil our desire to consistently deliver innovative and delicious food and great service that delights and surprises our clients and our teams."


CH&Co Group Commercial’s Executive Chef is made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London

Karen Poynter, the Executive Chef of CH&Co Group’s commercial business, has been made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London.

The honour has been bestowed upon Karen for her achievements in catering and her links to the City of London.

In 2000, Karen was appointed sous chef at Chester Boyd, CH&Co Group’s specialist business that caters at many of the capital’s most prestigious venues and eight of the most highly esteemed London livery halls.  Since joining the business, she has risen through the ranks and established an enviable culinary reputation.  She is known for her exceptional skills, impeccable standards and the ability to blend creativity and innovation with the precise formal traditions that catering for London’s Livery Halls demands. Earlier this year, Karen was awarded the Banqueting and Event Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2017.

Today, as executive chef of CH&Co Group’s commercial division, she oversees Chester Boyd and Ampersand, which caters at well-known British venues and visitor attractions. 

Karen is also respected for her investment in nurturing chef talent.  She gives her team the benefit of her time and expertise, mentoring and developing them to reach their goals. She also supports the industry through her work with the Craft Guild of Chefs, the Worshipful Company of Cooks, the Academy of Culinary Arts and Springboard.

Karen said of her achievement: “It’s a great honour to be made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London. Its support of the catering industry and charitable activities is inspiring and I’m grateful for this opportunity to get more involved in the excellent work being done to raise the profile of our industry and to attract new young talent.”

Robin Bidgood, managing director of CH&Co Group Commercial, said: “Karen absolutely deserves this honour and the entire team is very proud of her.  She’s very humble about her incredible talent and it’s great that she’s been recognised in such a prestigious way. Her dedication to her craft and to the industry is second to none and she’ll add tremendous value to the work of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London.”

The Worshipful Company of Cooks comments: "We are delighted to welcome Karen Poynter as a new Freeman. She brings with her a wealth of professional experience, wisdom and talent that will help us in pursuing our primary objective, to promote the craft of cookery within the City of London. We operate our own Apprentice scheme and expect that Karen's background and stature within the industry will not only serve to inspire our apprentices but also reinforce the Company's own standing within the City." 

Karen was officially admitted to the esteemed livery company, which is the smallest of London’s livery companies and one of the oldest, at a special ceremony held at Innholders Hall.