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Sodexo strengthens UK education business with acquisition

Sodexo has announced its acquisition of the Alliance in Partnership (AiP) group of companies, a specialist education caterer which includes The Contract Dining Company and Class Catering Services.

By joining forces Sodexo and AiP will combine their resources and expertise to deliver innovative food concepts which help improve health and learning outcomes for students across the UK.

Established in 1998, AiP has grown considerably over the last few years through organic growth and acquisitions, and will continue to operate independently with Managing Director Paul Rogers continuing to lead the business and its 1,500 employees from its Birmingham head office.

Rogers will join a newly formed operational board which, with Sodexo’s Managing Director for Government Schools, Matt Garner, will oversee the development of Sodexo and AiP’s business in this sector. The new board will include executives from both Sodexo and AiP and will report into Sodexo’s CEO for Schools and Universities, Andrew Wilkinson.

Speaking about the acquisition, Wilkinson said: “The AiP impressive client base of 418 schools will strongly complement our existing schools’ business. The education sector presents a huge growth area for us and we have been looking to expand our presence in it for some time. Whilst we have been growing our own business organically, acquiring a company already well-established in the sector enables us to develop our scale, infrastructure and visibility.”

 

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