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Mitch from Sodexo Live! (centre) accepting the award for Sports, Leisure and Event Catering at the 2024 Contract Catering Awards

Sodexo Live! takes home the Sports, Leisure & Event Catering title at industry awards

Sodexo’s dedicated business for sports, events and hospitality, Sodexo Live!, has seen its team at ACC Liverpool crowned the winners of the Sports, Leisure & Event Catering Award at this year’s Contract Catering Awards.

Held earlier this week at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in London, the Contract Catering 2024 Awards celebrate the cream of the crop of the foodservice industry. The awards are judged by a top team of industry peers and professionals.

Sodexo Live! is the catering partner for The ACC Liverpool Group, providing retail catering and hospitality services for the venue all-year round. The ACC Liverpool Group consists of the M&S Bank Arena, an award-winning Convention Centre, and the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

The Sodexo Live! team at The ACC Liverpool Group operates in multiple areas across the complex including 13 retail outlets – with seven units providing food offerings – 22 hospitality boxes, a 120-seater Sodexo Live! Lounge, 24 conference and dinner spaces, two coffee shops and an 8,100m2 exhibition hall with four purpose-built in-hall cafes.

In a typical year, it serves around 425,000 people at the M&S Bank Arena, with 290,000 people attending the conference and exhibition centre. Sodexo Live! provides dinners for up to 2,000 people per event – with a capacity to serve up to 5,000 – and 15,000 exhibition covers.

Over the past 12 months, the Sodexo Live! team, which is led by Michael (Mitch) Mitchell, has hosted 190 events across the complex, including Eurovision 2023 and the annual Labour Party conference.

Claire Morris, CEO Sodexo Live! UK & Ireland said: “We are so proud of Mitch and the team at ACC Liverpool, they have had a fantastic year delivering memorable experiences at high profile events such as Eurovision 2023 and the Labour Party Conference. As partners, we have worked closely with the ACC Liverpool Group to deliver some fantastic events, executing a multi-faceted strategy marked by innovation, best in class food and hospitality, as well as a commitment to social responsibility. Huge congratulations to the team.”

Mitchell and the team have also received internal recognition, taking home the title of Team of the Year at the 2023 Spirit of Sodexo awards, which were held in December at the ACC Liverpool.

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