Global services company Sodexo has won a 10-year, £30m contract with the new Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre (FIECC).
Under the deal, Sodexo will deliver conference, banqueting and events services at the new FIECC when it opens in February 2018. The company will also provide retail services tailored to each event, while Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events will support sales and marketing activity at the new centre.
When complete, FIECC will become the largest exhibition space in the south of England outside London, with 12,500sqm of event space, 2,500 conference seats and 14 multi-purpose function rooms.
Farnborough is 35 minutes by train from London Waterloo.
Chris Bray, CEO Sports & Leisure, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “This new partnership with Farnborough International will see Sodexo bringing its innovative and sustainable ethos to what will be a flagship exhibition space in south of England.”
Michael Watton, FIECC venue director, added he was “delighted” to be working with Sodexo Sports & Leisure. “They were chosen because of their proven and tested ability and reputation to deliver first class food and service,” he said.
“They have taken the essence of our brand – pioneers in aviation – and interpreted it through a new and vibrant range of food and drink offers. Although still at concept stage, event delegates and visitors will be excited by the variety of unique concepts specifically developed for us.”