Centerplate – the event hospitality provider which acquired and re-branded The Lindley Group in 2013 – has stepped up its expansion plans and strengthened its presence in Scotland by adding Heritage Portfolio Limited, a major provider of private and corporate hospitality at many of Scotland’s iconic event venues, to the company’s growing UK hospitality division.
Under the terms of the agreement, Centerplate will retain the Heritage Portfolio name as its operational brand serving the historic homes, museums, art galleries, theatres and outside events sectors. Centerplate’s existing heritage and outside events divisions will be combined under the Heritage Portfolio brand. Heritage Portfolio’s three directors – Alan Duff, Mark Miller and Ian D’Annunzio-Green – will continue on with the business.
Created in 2002 through the merger of Heritage Hospitality and Portfolio Catering, the entrepreneurial Edinburgh-based company has become known for the quality of its outside event catering and operating café services at national art galleries and high profile visitor attractions. Heritage Portfolio has provided special event catering services at The Palace of Holyrood House since 2002, and last year was granted a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen as supplier of catering services.
Other premier clients now served by the company include: the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; The Signet Library; Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA); Hopetoun House and Musselburgh Racecourse, providing the perfect complement to Centerplate’s UK portfolio which includes the ACC Liverpool; Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter; the Copper Box Arena and other premier sporting venues such as Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane; and Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium.
The move strengthens Centerplate’s presence in Scotland, where it already provides catering services at some of the top sports stadia including: Celtic FC; Hibernian FC’s Easter Road Stadium; Dundee and Dundee United FC’s grounds; Inverness & Caledonian Thistle; and Livingston FC.
Announcing the new deal, Des Hague, president and CEO of Centerplate, said:
“This is an exciting period of unprecedented growth for the Centerplate hospitality brand. I am delighted to welcome Heritage Portfolio to the expanding global family.”
Adam Elliott, president of Centerplate’s UK division, adds:
“The addition of Heritage Portfolio contributes a great depth and diversity of expertise to the company, and their personnel and central resource unit will provide invaluable support in Scotland for our established heritage team.”
Heritage Portfolio’s Executive Director Alan Duff concludes:
“This is a momentous development for Heritage Portfolio and we are extremely pleased to be joining a global brand with the strength and experience of Centerplate. The added financial backing of Centerplate enables us to invest more in client service and delivery; it provides many more opportunities for our employees than we could have delivered on our own; and the platform gives us the ability to develop the Heritage Portfolio brand name beyond our heartland, which will remain in Scotland.”