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Company of Cooks merges with CH&CO

Left Bill Toner, CEO of CH&CO, right Mike Lucy, MD of Company of Cooks

Bespoke caterer, Company of Cooks, is to join forces with independent caterer and Royal Warrant holder, CH&CO.

Company of Cooks, which has business in London and the South East of England and a turnover of £35 million and 600 employees, operates in the visitor attraction and cultural sectors, including at RHS Garden Wisley, the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery.

The merger will enable Company of Cooks to gain the extra support that a larger organisation like CH&CO supplies in particular in back office functions but also in learning & development opportunities for team members.

Mike Lucy, founder of Company of Cooks, will continue to manage the business and the Company of Cooks brand. He will also lead on sharing best practice across the combined portfolio.

Lucy said: “This merger provides a great opportunity for the loyal and talented members of the Company of Cooks band. It also provides us with a greater ability to compete and, with the benefit of CH&CO and the Company of Cooks credentials and distinct personality, I’m confident that we can make a positive impact both in our own specialist market and to the wider CH&CO group.”

Bill Toner, CH&CO’s CEO, added: “Company of Cooks is a lovely business, well-run with a great team and we’re delighted that they are joining us. This merger gives us a broader foothold in the exciting Destinations sector and we can grow further on the back of it. 

“As always, the merger also means more opportunities for our teams and partners.”

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