Centerplate wins 7-year catering contract with ACC Liverpool

Hospitality service provider Centerplate has secured a £45 million deal with conference centre ACC Liverpool.

The seven-year deal will see the firm offer full catering and hospitality services at the site, which is also home to the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre. The venue had originally been managed by The Lindley Group’s Heathcotes since it opened in 2008, but ACC Liverpool chose to change direction slightly after its five-year contract ended. It should be noted however that Centerplate acquired The Lindley Group in April 2013.

Work already started in the summer to re-launch the catering services available at Echo Arena. Under the new 'Mersey Eats' and 'Mersey Drinks' brands, new menus and catering units have been rolled out, with a particular focus on gourmet dishes and locally-sourced produce. The arena's chefs have also been working with the Allerton restaurant Spire and Liverpool's Alma de Cuba for the new offerings.

Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, said: “We have never underestimated the crucial role that catering plays in enhancing the visitor or delegate experience. As we embark on the next phase of the development of the site, the Centerplate team has demonstrated that it has the global expertise and a passion for engaging with local suppliers and the local community.”

As part of the agreement, Centerplate will also have the chance to service the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool, which will open to the public in 2015. It is hoped that a wide array of hospitality jobs will be created for the region over the next few years.

Every year, Centerplate offers its services for over 115 million guests across 300 entertainment, sports and convention venues in the UK and North America. These include 30 US Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry.