Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has posted a record year with sales growth across all divisions and client retention at 99%.
Comprising of catering and specialist brands including Keith Prowse, Lime Venue Portfolio, Payne + Gunter, Leith’s and Leisure Support Services (LSS); Levy Restaurants UK has a high-profile client roster with relationships at Glyndebourne dating back 30 years as well as longstanding partnerships with clients including Salisbury Cathedral, ExCeL London, Hatfield House and Edgbaston. Contract extensions in 2014 include Somerset House, The Kia Oval, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Chelsea Football Club and Twickenham Stadium.
In addition to a strong financial performance, the company has undertaken a brand review to consolidate its divisions under Levy Restaurants UK’s umbrella. A new brand architecture has subsequently enabled the market to understand the company’s values, goals and all-encompassing approach to catering and hospitality related services.
‘Our purpose is to create legendary experiences for all our customers through powerful partnerships with our clients,’ said Colin Bailey, the Managing Director for Levy Restaurants UK. ‘We have taken our focus on the guest, a restaurateur’s mindset and entrepreneurial spirit, and have added local expertise and passion for British food and hospitality.’
2014 also brought in new appointments within the senior management team including Sales Director Jonathan Davies, who has further helped assert Levy Restaurants UK as market leaders in the sector.
Design and creativity have helped to differentiate Levy Restaurants UK with progressive interior design brought in to play at Clydebuilt Bar & Kitchen, reinterpreted public spaces at Olympia London and the launch of Somerset House's Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar. Further design developments were concluded at Queen Elizabeth II Centre, The O2 and Twickenham Stadium.
People remain the business’s largest asset with significant investment made in Levy Restaurants UK’s Thousand Detail Dining programme and, over £300,000 dedicated to Management Academy, general managers’ training, Levy Restaurants UK online induction and personal development programmes. An Acorn Award from The Caterer, Waitrose Chef Award and Association of Event OrganisersExcellence Award reinforce the company’s people-centric approach.
Following 2014's conclusive year of defining its market positioning, 2015 is set to be a landmark for Levy Restaurants UK as it gears up for a year of high-profile events including The Ashes, The Championships Wimbledon and the Investec Derby Festival held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, as well as driving service levels and launching innovations across its portfolio of venues.
Levy Restaurants UK’s name derives from US partner, Levy Restaurants, which operates some of the most respected venues, stadia and events in the States including the Super Bowl, the Grammys and the Kentucky Derby.