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Compass unites food and hospitality businesses to form the RA Group

Compass Group UK & Ireland has formed the RA Group by bringing together Restaurant Associates, Rapport and Levy Leisure (now be rebranded as RA Venues), under one umbrella.

According to compass, the new name, which takes immediate effect, reflects the “values, consumer demographics and food and service standards”  that are shared by the three companies, along with their “commitment” to recruiting, retaining and developing the very best talent in the industry.

Speaking about the development, Alice Woodwark, Manager Director, RA Group said: “Joining together these three impressive businesses within one Group brings great benefits to our customers and guests as well as to our clients. Restaurant Associates and Rapport clients will gain access to a prestigious range of venues within which to host external events, as well as access to the strong catering and events capabilities of the RA Venues team. Equally, RA Venues clients will benefit from insights and opportunities from Restaurant Associates and Rapport’s leading position in the corporate market.

“As the workplace food landscape becomes ever more consumer-focused, Restaurant Associates will also gain from RA Venues’ retailing expertise in over 50 public-facing cafes and restaurants. Similarly, the recognised leadership that Rapport holds in the field of guest services brings further depth to the great service culture at both Restaurant Associates and RA Venues.”

All of RA Group’s businesses possess a rich heritage and expert position in the UK hospitality market:

Restaurant Associates – Founded in New York almost 60 years ago and then in London, Restaurant Associates brings the highest quality employee dining, hospitality and coffee to workplaces across the UK.

RA Venues – Formerly known as Levy Leisure, RA Venues provides visitor and catering & events hospitality at leading visitor attractions across the UK.

Rapport – A boutique provider of award-winning guest services, Rapport provides services for many leading organisations in the UK and overseas, often working as a combined team with Restaurant Associates, as well as on a standalone basis.

RA Group also incorporates a number of fine dining and public restaurants including Roux at Parliament Square, City Social in partnership with Jason Atherton and Bryn Williams at Somerset House.

Moving Levy Leisure into the RA Group and rebranding it as RA Venues has the additional advantage of aligning the Compass Group brands in the UK and America. In the USA, top-flight visitor attractions including The Met Museum in New York and The Guggenheim are served by Restaurant Associates.

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