Sage Gateshead, a centre for musical education, performance and conferences located on the south bank of the River Tyne, has appointed Lindley Heritage to manage and develop all aspects of its catering and hospitality services.
Lindley Heritage, the heritage, arts and leisure division of The Lindley Group, won the five-year, £12.5m catering contract after joining forces with North East based chef and restaurateur, Terry Laybourne MBE, who will preside as consultant chef at the venue.
As well as providing catering and hospitality for all public events and private functions at the venue, which houses two performance halls, a rehearsal space which can accommodate 250 delegates, function rooms for 50-400 guests, and 30 breakout rooms, Lindley Heritage will also work closely with Sage Gateshead’s in-house event management team to develop conference and banqueting opportunities.
Lindley Heritage has already re-styled the café/restaurant and introduced new menus, as well as installing an additional bar on the main Concourse area.
Lindley Heritage is also implementing a number of sustainable, ethical and community initiatives to complement the venue’s existing social programmes and commitment to reducing the impact of the building on the environment. These include full recycling facilities for the kitchens, offering free used coffee grounds to visitors for their gardens, adapting white and electrical goods to reduce energy consumption, and reducing food miles by working with Tasteclub to promote regional produce.
“We are delighted to welcome Lindley Heritage and Terry Laybourne to Sage Gateshead and believe the developments already implemented have enhanced the dining and social experience of our visitors,” says Commercial Trading Director at Sage Gateshead, Phillip Baitch. “Social responsibility is a driving force of ours and with the sustainable, ethical and community initiatives implemented in conjunction with The Lindley Group, we are excited to be adding an additional dimension to our catering offer.”
Jonathan Davies, The Lindley Group’s Sales and Marketing Director, adds: “This contract has all of the ingredients of a perfect partnership – a landmark building in a vibrant city offering a wide range of multi-function rooms and technical facilities, which provide the ideal setting for any event from concerts to conferences, exhibitions and weddings. There is also the skill and expertise of a locally-renowned chef, and an independent national company, which understands how to drive sales and increase customer satisfaction.”
Image L-R: Adam Elliot, President of The Lindley Group and Executive VP of Centreplate; Phillip Baitch, Commercial Director at Sage Gateshead; and Terry Laybourne, Chef Restaurateur and Consultant Chef at Sage Gateshead.
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