QEIICC awards Leith’s new five-year, £20m catering deal

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Leith’s hospitality brand has been awarded a new five-year contract to supply the catering at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC).

The deal, worth in excess of £20m, will see Leith’s work with the centre to introduce a new range of food concepts and creative menus.

The contract was retained by Leith’s following a competitive tendering process.

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of the QEIICC, said: “This contract heralds a new era for catering at the QEIICC. Although the centre has worked with Compass for many years, a European-wide tendering process was conducted and the contract was highly contested with a number of exceedingly strong tender returns.

“Leith’s/Compass have been selected again to work with the centre based upon a combination of their partnership approach, depth of delivery and flexibility, combined with exceptional service and innovation.”  

Colin Bailey, MD for Compass Sport, Leisure and Hospitality, said: “Our partnership with the QEIICC spans two decades and I’m thrilled that we have been given the opportunity to build on this longstanding relationship and excited about the plans we have.”  

In designing the bespoke menus for the QEIICC, Compass will be working with Masterchef 2009 winner Steve Groves, now Head Chef at Roux at Parliament Square (which is operated by Compass’ executive dining business Restaurant Associates). Compass has also teamed up with Allegra McEvedy who will act as a mentor to the culinary team at the conference centre, ensuring an ongoing focus on healthy eating and the use of sustainable ingredients in the delegate menus.

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