Independent catering group CH&Co has strengthened its catering position in London’s Square Mile with the award of the most prized banqueting contract in the City – The Mansion House.
In addition to being the private residence of The Lord Mayor of the City of London and family, The House hosts high profile hospitality for: The City of London Corporation; The Lord Mayor; Her Majesty’s Government; plus charities and Livery Companies. Over 40,000 people visit it each year and it plays a pivotal role annually in The Lord Mayor’s Show.
The City of London Aldermen have appointed CH&Co as the sole preferred supplier to The Mansion House for the next three years from 1 February 2015, with the option of a two year extension – and is expected to be worth £2 million per annum.
Having held the contract for five years CH&Co beat off fierce competition in this tender process and the first landmark event of the new contract will be the Mayoral Banquet on 10 February 2015.
With its magnificent interiors and elegant furniture, The Mansion House provides the Lord Mayor with living, working and entertainment space. Built over 250 years’ ago, it continues to symbolise the City of London’s position as the world’s leading international financial and trading centre. The role of Lord Mayor is one of the world’s oldest continuously elected civic offices and the holder is accorded precedence over all individuals except the Sovereign.
The most notable events at Mansion House are dinners and banquets for dignitaries from around the world – including the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s annual speech on the state of the British Economy. The Lord Mayor personally hosts between ten to twelve similar banquets a year, while each week Livery companies, City businesses and charities hold events with the Lord Mayor’s permission. As well as managing all these events CH&Co will provide private catering services to The Lord Mayor and family. Since January 2013, CH&Co has held a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Her Majesty The Queen.
“The Mansion House embodies the City of London’s rich history, commercial importance, and British elegance. It is testament to our excellent team that The Aldermen have chosen us to continue to deliver an outstanding service to everyone who crosses the building’s threshold. This underlines our tremendous reputation for providing superb food and service at the highest levels. The Mansion House hosts some of the most prestigious, historic and significant events in the City – so it expects faultless standards. They have chosen CH&Co based on its first class reputation and ability to hit the highest of standards time and again.”