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Wilson Vale gains place at Cambridge

Independent catering business, Wilson Vale, has landed its first Cambridge college.

Clare Hall, a graduate college of the University of Cambridge, has appointed Wilson Vale to provide catering services, following a challenging competitive tender process.

Under a contract valued at £500,000 in annual turnover, a team of 10 Wilson Vale staff now provides a lunch, supper and a weekly formal dinner service to graduate students, Fellows, staff and visitors since the contract started on 2 September 2019.

Wilson Vale will also cater for three annual feasts at Clare Hall and will work closely with College staff to provide catering support for conferences, meetings, private dinners and other events. 

Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Vale, said: “This is a significant milestone in our history to date. We are fortunate to have a strong presence in the Cambridge area; Clare Hall is our eleventh contract in the county but our first Cambridge college so it is a wonderful addition to our portfolio.”

Wilson Vale is now working closely with its new client to explore the commercial development of the College as a venue.

Wilson added: “We have a strong presence within the conference and venues sector, so our vision is to support our new client in developing Clare Hall’s potential to become a venue in its own right.”

Bursar of Clare Hall, Ian Strachan, said: “The College is delighted to welcome Wilson Vale as our catering team, and they are already demonstrating what they can bring to Clare Hall, with imaginative varied menus, a focus on locally-sourced produce and an excellent team of chefs. Wilson Vale understands the ethos of the College, appreciates the importance of the Dining Hall to College life and has a team with the skills and experience to build on our reputation for the quality of our dining and hospitality.”

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