There could be new catering recruitment opportunities in London soon, following the decision by Guardian News and Media (GNM) to change suppliers.
It has been confirmed that Lexington Catering will now take on the responsibility of feeding the staff at GNM at its London headquarters, signalling the end of the newspaper's agreement with BaxterStorey.
The firm's handling of catering for the company began back in 2010 when it bought the trading assets of Jill Bartlett following its administration and, considering the size of the contract at the time, it looks as though it will provide a good deal of promise.
While the current terms of the contract haven't been revealed, when Jill Bartlett was first handed the contract in 2008, it was to feed 1,300 staff and was worth as much as £1.5 million in annual turnover.
Caterer Search also reports that a number of separate hospitality services were included in the deal and, although neither Lexington Catering nor Guardian News and Media commented.
However, the news provider quotes a BaxterStorey spokesperson as saying: "We are very proud to have worked with the Guardian since we took over from Jill Bartlett in 2010.
"We are very sorry that they have decided to make a change but wish them every success in the future."
If, as has been suggested, the contract creates jobs they are likely to be at the GNM base, which is located at Kings Place in King’s Cross, North London.
This area is also home to another hospitality business, Green & Fortune, as well as Network Rail, with which BaxterStorey has an agreement to offer catering.
Lexington already provide a wide range of employment opportunities for those in the industry, offering a selection of services for clients from relaxed café cuisine right through to corporate hospitality.
Last year, the firm’s Chairman, Tim West, enjoyed success when he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual FSM Awards in November.
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions