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(l-r) Luke Smith, Executive Support Chef for Ampersand; Sean Ritson, Operational Director – Commercial; Karen Poynter, Executive Chef – Commercial; Robin Bidgood, Managing Director – Commercial; Owen Hurley, Day Visitor Catering Development Chef

CH&Co strengthens commercial division

CH&Co Group’s commercial arm has made a number of key operational and culinary appointments and promotions as part of the catering and hospitality firms strategy to drive strong growth for the division, which includes the brands Ampersand, Ampersand Events and Chester Boyd.

Sean Ritson has joined the team as Operational Director – Commercial. The role will see him responsible for generating organic growth with the existing customer base, retaining all current contracts and driving future growth opportunities.

Ritson brings to the team 15 years’ experience in the competitive field of commercial retail businesses, having previously worked for some of Compass’ largest commercial B&I contracts and most recently as Business Director for bartlett mitchell, responsible for the Central London Business and Inn or Out Events.

The commercial culinary team has also been strengthened with promotions that recognise the achievements of chefs from within the Group. Craft Guild of Chefs award-winning, Karen Poynter, has been promoted to Executive Chef – Commercial. Owen Hurley has also been promoted to Day Visitor Catering Development Chef and Luke Smith is now Executive Support Chef for Ampersand.

In her role Poynter will support both Hurley and Smith to develop menus which reflect the latest culinary trends and capture the individuality of each venue. 

Celebrated for her dedication and enthusiasm to mentoring and nurturing culinary talent within CH&Co Group and the wider industry Poynter will also continue to develop rising stars and encourage more female chefs to embrace an exciting career in hospitality.

Robin Bidgood, Managing Director of CH&Co Group’s commercial division commented: “The changes within the team will enhance our ability to deliver innovative food and service and meet our goal of being the caterer of choice in the commercial catering market. They will also help us attract new employees to our team and develop talent. The commercial division is stronger than ever and our clients, new and existing, will benefit from our expertise and innovation, whilst we continue to maximise growth opportunities for the business.”

CH&Co Group’s commercial business provides catering and service to a diverse portfolio of clients including: visitor attractions catering, such as ZSL London Zoo, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; London’s revered livery halls; Historic Royal Palaces such as Kensington Palace and Hampton Court; and bespoke event catering at some of London’s most unique venues.

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