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Bury St Edmunds: Servest Group wins £25.5m BBC catering contract

PUBLISHED: 13:01 05 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:12 05 March 2014

Servest Group chief executive Rob Legge.

Servest Group chief executive Rob Legge.

Facilities management service provider Servest Group, which is based in Bury St Edmunds, has won a three-year contract with the BBC to provide catering at 18 locations around the UK.

Under the contract, which is worth £8.5million a year and includes a possible two-year extension, 300 staff will provide a full range of catering services for 14,000 of the broadcaster’s staff and visitors.

The contract, which starts on April 1, 2014, covers 27 outlets including staff restaurants, deli bars and Costa Coffee outlets in addition to catering for meetings and green rooms, and for events such as the Commonwealth Games.

The 18 locations include landmark BBC sites such as New Broadcasting House and Media Village in London and MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, as well as other major centres ranging from offices and production facilities to broadcast sites.

The BBC’s catering was previously delivered by two facilities management providers and their sub-contractors. Servest won the contract, under a competitive tender process.

Alan Bainbridge, director of the BBC’s facilities management re-procurement project, said: “We were impressed by all the bids received but the value and local focus offered by Servest Group made it the right choice for this important contract.

“Having been successful in winning all the procurement lots, the BBC will benefit from both consistency across all sites but local sourcing wherever possible.”

Henry Watts, managing director of Servest Catering, said: “We are thrilled to have won this major contract with such a prestigious organisation.

“It is testament to our ability to provide nationwide coverage with a local focus. Our aim is to do for staff and visitors to the BBC, just what we do best every day. That is to provide a contemporary catering service that has great people and local, seasonal produce at its core.”

Rob Legge, Servest’s chief executive for the UK and Europe, added: “We are excited to be working with the corporation over the coming years to deliver first-class food service across the UK. We pride ourselves on our approach to delivering an innovative, market-leading service.”

Servest Group is a leading facilities management provider, employing more than 15,000 people across 4,500 sites around the UK.

Besides its corporate office in Bury, it has bases in London, Harrogate, Rickmansworth, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. The company is 73% owned by Servest South Africa with the remainder owned by the UK management team.

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