CH&CO celebrates its 2022 Barista Graduates

CH&CO has celebrated its 2022 cohort of graduate baristas, all of whom have successfully completed an eight-week Specialty Barista Traineeship.

CH&CO’s venues and workplace businesses, Venues by CH&CO, Gather & Gather and Vacherin, have partnered with social enterprise Well Grounded to offer the free Specialty Barista Traineeship programme to Londoners who are under or unemployed.

CH&CO strikes gold with a RoSPA Gold Medal Award

CH&CO’s exceptional health and safety performance has been recognised and rewarded with a RoSPA Gold Medal Award.

Ultimate Experience & Historic Royal Palaces announce launch of a new private dining experience: The Glass Rooms

Ultimate Experience, the seasonal venues and events specialist that is part of CH&CO, announces the launch of The Glass Rooms – a collection of twelve glass dining pods along the iconic London riverbank.

Created in conjunction with ‘Superbloom’ at The Tower of London, this unique experience will be available from June to September, for one summer only as the nation celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

eve enters into exclusive agreement with Chiswick House & Gardens

eve – CH&CO's market-leading full-service venue and events solution – has enhanced its portfolio of unique and inspiring venues with an exclusive partnership agreement with Chiswick House & Gardens.

The three-year deal, which is worth approximately £3million, will see eve promote and sell events at the stunning Grade-I listed 18th century venue, through its interactive online platforms and central team. Create – CH&CO’s specialist event caterer – will work in partnership with eve as the exclusive venue hire caterer for Chiswick House & Gardens, with a dedicated team of planners curating events for clients.

Yes Chef! CH&CO crowns its Chef of the Year 2022

CH&CO has crowned Ricky Matonti its Chef of the Year 2022. The talented Head Chef who works within the Venues by CH&CO business, showcased his exceptional culinary skills, creativity and sustainability know-how at the final of the CH&CO Chef of the Year competition.

CH&CO retains top three-star Food Made Good rating

CH&CO has retained the maximum three-star Food Made Good rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The top rating has been secured across the diverse catering and hospitality business with the overall score attained increasing by 4% to 74%.

Vacherin launches Nutritious + Delicious 2.0

Vacherin – CH&CO’s specialist workplace caterer focusing on the London market – has developed and relaunched its award-winning healthy eating range, Nutritious + Delicious, to support the food, nutrition and lifestyle choices of its customers in the workplace.

An update from Bill Toner, CEO in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

CH&CO challenges unconscious bias

CH&CO is proactively challenging unconscious bias with the introduction of training for all team members across the diverse catering and hospitality business. 

Introducing the Sales and Marketing Academy by eve

CH&CO has launched the Sales and Marketing Academy by eve to exclusively support the development and growth of team members in its Venues by CH&CO and eve businesses.

Venues by CH&CO appointed catering partner for newly renovated Brewers’ Hall

Venues by CH&CO has been appointed the catering partner for Brewers’ Hall, which reopens in April 2022 following the renovation of the eminent venue in the City of London. The partnership continues a longstanding relationship of 20 years and will see Venues by CH&CO exclusively manage and deliver a wide range of events at the Hall – from private dining and corporate dinners, events, meetings and conferences to Livery events, parties and weddings.

CH&CO strengthens procurement team with key promotion

CH&CO has promoted its Head of Operational Procurement, Samantha Davis, to the new role of Group Procurement & Supply Chain Director. 

CH&CO sets new standard in employee benefits for hospitality workers

CH&CO has announced enhanced family benefits for every employee across the group.

The new family-friendly procedure offers greater support for employees and their families.

Venues by CH&CO wins big at London Venue Awards 2021

The London Venue and Catering Awards 2021 proved an incredibly successful event for the Venues by CH&CO team.

The team and its portfolio of iconic London venues walked away with a phenomenal eight awards in hand, including Best Catering Team and Best Catering Company Covid-19 Response.

Brewed to perfection – CH&CO names its top Barista

CH&CO has crowned Julia Mello its Barista of the Year 2021.

The talented Head Barista who works at University College London, showcased her first-class technical skills, knowledge and creativity at the final of the CH&CO Barista of the Year, standing out from tough competition to claim the title.

Freedom of the City of London for Katy Thompson

Congratulations to Katy Thompson, our managing director for Venues by CH&CO, who has been awarded The Freedom of The City of London.

This very special honour that remains a unique part of London’s history was presented to Katy at a special ceremony.

Clare Clark joins CH&CO to deliver bold CSR strategy

CH&CO has appointed a Sustainability Business Partner to deliver its bold CSR strategy across the whole group and support the sustainability aspirations of its clients.

Clare Clark is responsible for upholding and driving forward CH&CO’s sustainability commitments, which have already earned it the top-level three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Gather & Gather opens the first brew bar at a London university

26th October 2021

Gather & Gather has brought the craft of specialty coffee to University College London (UCL) in the form of a new Brew Bar – the first at a university in London.

The unique space at UCL’s faculty of the built environment, The Bartlett offers UCL students, employees and visitors a choice of ‘pour over’ brew methods.

Top of the class! CH&CO Education wins Education Caterer of the Year at Foodservice Cateys 2021

12th October 2021

It was a great night for the CH&CO Education at the Foodservice Cateys 2021 as the team was crowned Education Caterer of the Year.

We may be biased, but this was an incredibly deserved award in recognition of the team’s phenomenal response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of schools.

Inspiring the next generation of hospitality leaders

5th October 2021

Deborah Homshaw, the managing director of CH&CO Education and Healthcare, donned her gown and cap to take to the stage as guest speaker at the Westminster Kingsway College graduation ceremony.

A seat for everyone: CH&CO extends its Gathered Table across the business

30th September 2021

CH&CO has extended its successful Gathered Table initiative across the whole of the group to help shape its distinctive approach to food in each of its specialist markets.

London Metropolitan University partners with Gather & Gather

28th September 2021

London Metropolitan University is pleased to announce it has awarded a new catering and hospitality contract to Gather & Gather.

Allister brings home a Catey!

8th September 2021

We’re all incredibly proud of our COO, Allister Richards who was victorious at this year’s Cateys and brought home the Foodservice Caterer Award.

Highly acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro opens two restaurants at the Royal Academy of Arts

13th July 2021

London’s much-loved Spanish chef José Pizarro – who owns and runs the acclaimed José Pizarro group of restaurants, pubs and tapas bars – is delighted to announce that this August he is to open two vibrant restaurants at what he describes as “London’s most precious and prestigious art space”: the Royal Academy of Arts.

CH&CO’s double commitment to Springboard and its ‘Springboard to 2022’ programme

6th May 2021

CH&CO has strengthened its support of UK hospitality charity, Springboard, and its new initiative ‘Springboard to 2022’ with two clear commitments. The independent catering and hospitality business has pledged to advertise all its entry level roles with Springboard before advertising externally. It has also signed up to work with Springboard to create jobs through the government’s Kickstart scheme.

A winning day for our CH&CO family

30th September 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Catey Awards has been revealed and today was also the final of the National Chef of the Year Competition. Both have given us a good cause to celebrate the achievements of our colleagues.

Gather & Gather Ireland launches Workplace Dining Delivery Service to Offices and Homes across Dublin

23rd June 2020

Gather & Gather Ireland launches Workplace Dining Delivery Service to Offices and Homes across Dublin

Gather & Gather Ireland has launched ‘ Delivered by Gather & Gather’, a physically-distant workplace dining service which delivers across Dublin.

CH&CO continues to strike gold with fourth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award

4th June 2020

CH&CO’s excellent health and safety performance has been recognised with a RoSPA Gold Award for the fourth year running.

Co-op partners with Gather & Gather as latest franchisee at Oxford Brookes University

24th September 2020

Co-op partners with Gather & Gather as latest franchisee at Oxford Brookes University

Gather & Gather, which is part of CH&CO, a specialist catering and hospitality company, opens its first retail shop as a Co-op franchisee at Oxford Brookes University.

Southampton Football Club partners with Gather & Gather

4th March 2020

Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement in principle with Gather & Gather to enter into a new catering and events partnership.

Gather & Gather, which launched in 2013, is part of CH&CO, a specialist catering and hospitality company that holds a Royal Warrant for the provision of catering services to Her Majesty The Queen and works with prestigious clients, including Historic Royal Palaces and Kew Gardens.

Covid-19: A message from Bill Toner, CEO, CH&CO

25th March 2020

We wanted to let you know how we are working during the Covid-19 outbreak.

These truly are unprecedented and difficult times. As the prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said, the Covid-19 outbreak is the worst public health crisis for a generation.

CH&CO strengthens liquidity position through refinancing and fundraising

19th May 2020

CH&CO is delighted to announce that it has completed a refinancing and fundraising with its existing lenders and shareholders. The proceeds of the fundraising, when combined with the facilities provided by the lenders, ensure the group has a strong and sustainable liquidity position to support the business as it exits lockdown and builds back up over the coming months.

CH&CO launches The Education Board by CH&CO

2nd March 2020

CH&CO, the independent catering and hospitality business with specialism in the education sectors, has launched The Education Board by CH&CO to address and take action around the prominent issues of physical and mental health and sustainability through food and nutrition.

It brings foodservice, independent schools, state schools and the third sector together to challenge the role of food in schools and lead the conversation on the intrinsic link between nutrition and wellbeing.

Planet Report 2020

28th February 2020

We’re very proud to be the largest and most diverse contract caterer to be awarded the top-level three-star Food Made Good rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and in 2019 we were awarded the Feed People Well Award at the 2019 Food Made Good Awards.

At CH&CO, we take our commitment and duty to operating responsibly and sustainably very seriously and have set out our recent sustainability achievements and targets in our latest Planet Report.

CH&CO and Vacherin join forces

28th February 2020

In a joint statement, independent caterer and Royal Warrant holding company, CH&CO, and boutique caterer, Vacherin, have announced that Vacherin has joined the CH&CO family of catering businesses.  Vacherin, based in London’s Hatton Garden area, has a turnover of £30m and 45 operations across London working with a broad range of discerning clients and providing hospitality catering and reception services at the highest level.

CH&CO restructures for continued growth

12th February 2020

Independent catering and hospitality business, CH&CO, has announced an operational restructure, including a series of senior level promotions, to strengthen the leadership team as it enters its next phase of growth.

The progressive move follows a successful 2019 that delivered a strong financial performance, driven by organic growth and the integration of Gather & Gather and Company of Cooks into the CH&CO family.

eve by CH&CO is a finalist in the Campaign Experience awards

7th February 2020

The eve by CH&CO team has good reason to celebrate as this year’s finalists for the Campaign Experience Awards are announced.  They’ve been shortlisted in the Venue Experience category.

The Campaign Experience Awards are the flagship awards of Campaign, the world’s leading business media brand serving the marketing and advertising communities, and celebrate the very best brand activations and experiential campaigns in the UK and beyond.

Introducing the CH&CO Grow With Us Apprenticeship Academy

6th February 2020

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2020, CH&CO has launched the CH&CO Grow With Us Apprenticeship Academy, confirming the company’s commitment to the development of new and existing team members.

The inclusive approach to apprenticeships supports employees from apprentice to board level, enabling them to grow within the diverse business across its wide range of sectors and roles.

CH&CO restructures for continued growth

30th January 2020

Two talented apprentices from CH&CO Workplaces have been shortlisted for the Purple Umbrella Awards 2020. The achievements of Jennifer Gomez Calle and Ben Garnett-Sinclair have been recognised in the Best Chef Apprentice Level 2 and Best Chef Apprentice Level 3 categories, respectively.

Is sugar as bad as its reputation suggests?

23rd January 2020

Rory Larkin (ANutr) tells us everything we’ve ever wanted to know about sugar consumption

Sugar consumption is a hot topic and it’s frequently under the firing line in the media. However, there are so many misconceptions surrounding the subject, not helped by terms such as natural, refined, unrefined and added sugar which can be hard to unpick. Believe it or not, sugar isn’t necessarily as detrimental to our health as is sometimes portrayed.