Conference and banqueting sector resurgent, says Sodexo Prestige MD

The conference and banqueting sector is resurgent, having enjoyed a period of sustained growth, according to catering company Sodexo Prestige’s UK MD Chris John.

Speaking at the launch of the firm’s new premium service, Prestige Venues & Events, at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, John said: “We design and deliver solutions tailored to various high profile events across Scotland as well as the entire UK. From the Ryder Cup to the Scottish Food Oscars, the conference and banqueting industry has been sparked back into life giving our business the chance to create a new experience for our customers,” says John.

“We have been able to create an offer that gives our customers the reassurance that the same highly skilled and engaged teams across the board will help deliver events for any occasion and size.”

As well as enjoying a record year with growth of £2.7m in sales, Scotland will also play host to a new Sodexo Prestige enquiry hub. The new service, based in South Queensferry just outside of Edinburgh, aims to make it easier to find venues. It also includes a dedicated central team available online or by phone.

The main feature of the launch party was the food served to guests, with four main themes – a fine dining area, an edible garden, a seafood banquet and a hydration station.

Executive chefs including Stephen Frost, Tom Beauchamp, Ben Dutson and Trevor Garden all designed special dishes for the day.
Prestige Venues & Events sets great store on using locally sourced and sustainable produce wherever possible, so the launch event also featured Loch Fyne oysters, Inverawe Smoke house trout, Lanark blue cheese and a selection of Ayrshire charcuterie.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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