Caterer Peyton & Byrne who currently deliver catering and hospitality services for Brighton Dome, Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum and Hove Museum, is set to withdraw from its contract, which it successfully won just over 18 months ago and is said to be worth over £20 million.
Peyton & Byrne will pull out of the seven-year agreement over the coming months as the company feels that the project no longer fits with its business strategy.
Brighton Dome, Royal Pavilion Brighton Museum and Hove Museum have all committed to continue to work together and will jointly run new tenders for event catering and the daytime cafés, although it is anticipated that the Brighton Dome will run in-house management services.
In a joint statement, Juanita Bagshawe, head of Royal Pavilion, Arts and Museums, and Andrew Comben, chief executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said:
“We are disappointed that Peyton & Byrne will be leaving at this stage, especially as they have invested considerably locally in existing and new outlets over the past 16 months.
“We are pleased to confirm, however, that Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and the Royal Pavilion will continue working in partnership on a joint tender for event catering and daytime cafés. We look forward to welcoming applications from bidders who appreciate the uniqueness of Brighton & Hove, and can cater for what our visitors and audiences really want, helping us to make the Royal Pavilion estate a world-class destination for residents and visitors.”
All existing event catering commitments will be honoured and café facilities will remain open for business as usual.