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Harbour & Jones joins the CH&Co Group family

Independent caterer, Harbour & Jones, has merged with CH&Co Group in a move that enhances the group’s diverse portfolio of specialist businesses and strengthens its position across the hospitality market, and particularly in education and the London region. 

(l-r) Patrick Harbour, Managing Partner of Harbour & Jones, Bill Toner, CEO of CH&Co Group, and Nathan Jones, Managing Partner of Harbour & Jones

The merger increases the Group’s turnover to £265 million and will now see it providing catering at over 700 sites across the UK and Ireland, employing more than 6,000 people.

The deal, which according to CH&Co Group’s CEO, Bill Toner is “the right fit for both companies”, will extend the reach of both in the business and industry, leisure, heritage, events, and education sectors, allowing them to continue to vigorously compete and grow.

Toner added: “Harbour & Jones and CH&Co Group are both dynamic businesses enjoying sustained growth. By combining our assets, knowledge, skills and expertise we will increase our strength to compete across the board, which is a very exciting prospect.

“CH&Co Group is a collection of small businesses with their own distinct characters and specialisms.  We’ve undertaken a number of mergers in recent years and have proven that being part of a larger company doesn’t dilute a business’ personality or personal touch. Quite the opposite in fact, it gives each one access to the group’s robust resources, systems and support to allow them to continually innovate and vigorously compete. We’re thrilled to have Harbour & Jones join the CH&Co Group family and we look forward to realising the opportunities this merger creates for the business, our clients and our teams.”

Harbour & Jones’ founders and managing partners, Patrick Harbour and Nathan Jones, will continue in their roles and the business and its brands, H+J, Fare, Tonic, Principals and Upfront, will maintain the names for which they are known and respected.

Harbour said: “For our clients and our teams it’s very much business as usual. We’ll continue to deliver the great food and service for which we have become known but behind the scenes we’ll be looking at how we can all pool our creativity and our verve to strengthen all the businesses within the newly-expanded CH&Co family. I’m looking forward to working with our new colleagues in the merged business and excited by the opportunities it will bring for all of us.”

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