Caterer Centerplate adds Heritage Portfolio to its menu

US-based event hospitality provider Centerplate is continuing its rapid expansion plan in the UK with the acquisition of Heritage Portfolio for an undisclosed sum.

The move follows the acquisition and rebrand of The Lindley Group in 2013.
Heritage Portfolio is a provider of private and corporate hospitality at many of Scotland’s iconic event venues and joins Centerplate’s growing UK hospitality division.

Centerplate is to retain the Heritage Portfolio name as its operational brand serving the historic homes, museums, art galleries, theatres and outside events sectors. Centerplate’s existing heritage and outside events divisions will be combined under the Heritage Portfolio brand. Heritage Portfolio’s three directors – Alan Duff, Mark Miller and Ian D’Annunzio-Green are to stay on with the business.  

Heritage Portfolio has provided special event catering services at The Palace of Holyrood House since 2002, and last year was granted a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen as supplier of catering services.

Other premier clients now served by the company include: the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Hopetoun House (pictured) and Musselburgh  Racecourse.

Other Centerplate UK portfolio clients include the ACC Liverpool; Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter; the Copper Box Arena; Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane; and Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium.

Announcing the latest deal involving Heritage Portfolio, Des Hague, President and CEO of Centerplate, said: “This is an exciting period of unprecedented growth for the Centerplate hospitality brand. I am delighted to welcome Heritage Portfolio to the expanding global family because we share the same business ethos in terms of offering high-quality guest experiences, a sense of local identity, and a hallmark of service that guests have come to rely upon and recognise as a standard-setter for the industry.”

Adam Elliott, President of Centerplate’s UK division, added: “The addition of Heritage Portfolio contributes a great depth and diversity of expertise to the company, and its personnel and central resource unit will provide invaluable support in Scotland for our established heritage team. Combining our heritage and events divisions with Heritage Portfolio’s business also provides us with an excellent platform to relaunch and rebrand our two heritage and outside events operations under the Heritage Portfolio name.”

Heritage Director Alan Duff described the latest deal as “a natural next step” that afforded the portfolio a clearer and more focused future. “The added financial backing of Centerplate enables us to invest more in client service and delivery; it provides many more opportunities for our employees than we could have delivered on our own; and the platform gives us the ability to develop the Heritage Portfolio brand name beyond our heartland, which will remain in Scotland. In essence this arrangement opens up new opportunities for all of us to be involved in a bigger and better company, while still focusing on the niche heritage sector in which we currently operate,” Duff said.

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