Dish announces 20% year-on-year growth

London-based independent caterer Dish could be set to increase its catering recruitment levels after announcing impressive growth of 20 per cent this year.

Over the past 12 months, the company has served approximately 50,000 covers, including many to well known persons such as the Duke of Edinburgh, David Cameron, Lewis Moody, Zane Lowe, George Lamb and Barbara Windsor.

"This year's numbers represent a 20 per cent growth year-on-year," said Dish managing director Nick James. "There's a fear within the industry that mid-sized event caterers cannot deliver large numbers or service in-house catering contracts. This year we confounded that myth."

Dish has catered for 300 events so far this year with another 80 in the pipeline and 85 enquiries to be converted by the year end.

Just a handful of the prestigious events the company has catered this year include the Activate Sports Awards, The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Alice in

Wonderland at the Natural History Museum, Top Shop's S/S 2013 Fashion Show, The Swarm rollercoaster launch at Thorpe Park and JLS' aftershave 'Kiss' launch.

As well as covering events, Dish is the in-house caterer at a number of venues including No 4 Hamilton Place, HMS President, Thorpe Park and, as of earlier this year, London Eye Barracuda.

"We now run the restaurant on the London Eye Barracuda which is growth in the public catering sector for Dish," said Mr James.

"Plus, since we've moved to Greenwich, we have been able to upscale our production; we can produce 2,500 covers for a sit down dinner.

"The issue of quality, numbers and ability to diversify isn't there for Dish as we've proven this year."

Meanwhile, Glasgow-based caterer and services firm Cordia has announced profits of £3.2 million for the financial year ending March 31st 2012.

The company was set up by Glasgow City Council, which continues to be its biggest customer, but has also unveiled plans to move into private sector contracts.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry