Kudos wins five-year catering contract for HIC

Catering and hospitality firm Kudos has managed to win a five-year contract to offer its services for the Harrogate International centre (HIC).

The contract was given by HIC Yorkshire and it covers all eight halls, spanning 18,500 sq m of exhibition space and the conference centre itself. Kudos, which is a subsidiary for the Crown Group, has had a relationship with HIC since 1999 and will now continue to offer top-quality services and create a wide array of hospitality jobs for the Yorkshire region.

As part of the new proposals, Kudos will be investing in a supermarket-style food shop between Halls B and C, several coffee kiosks that can be set up anywhere among the eight halls, and a cafe in the lobby area for Hall H. There will also be new product ranges from six regional suppliers, four of which are in a one-mile radius of the venue, and a product key for all food labels so that foreign visitors can be assisted.

Simon Kent, director at HIC, said: "We were looking for a radical change in the way the catering was being delivered across the whole event space at HIC and how it was received by the guests. The dynamic ideas and innovation that were demonstrated by Kudos have led us to believe that the team can not only evolve, but lead us over the next five years."

The HIC was first opened in 1982 as the host for the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest. It was since expanded and now even features a Holiday Inn hotel. It recently underwent a £45 million revamp under the current director Mr Angus Houston. The Royal Hall holds over 1,000 people, whereas the Queens Suite holds up to 600.

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