HCM Group secures £14m of new and retained business

HCM Group (Host Catermasters Management Group) has secured over £6.2m in new business and retained £7.8m of existing business over recent months.

The new and retained contracts are with several organisations including RBLI, Stryker, Arcadia, Portsmouth Grammar School, Kimbolton School, the RSPCA and the University of Law, vary in length up to five year deals, and will see the company provide a broad range of services from cafés and restaurants to hospitality and vending.

Two of the new contracts are in B&I with specialist medical equipment manufacturer Stryker in Newbury, and Arcadia Distribution in Milton Keynes and Birmingham. Arcadia provides distribution services for retail brands Top Shop, Top Man and BHS.

The contract gains are the latest in a series of wins for Host and Catermasters. According to Bill Toner, HCM Group's CEO, "This is exciting news for us. These are good-sized deals and demonstrate that we are winning over more clients and our retention is as high as ever. We now have a presence in most sectors of the contract catering market, which gives us a springboard for growing our business overall; education and care homes being prime examples. We also have the scale and financial security to compete head-on with the biggest contractors. It's great news for our team too because growth means more opportunities for them as well."

Host has been catering for over 4000 students and staff a day at Portsmouth Grammar School and Kimbolton School since 2004 and the retained business is worth over £7m in turnover over the duration of the renewed contracts.

Host has also won two contracts in the care sector, a fast expanding division for the company. The contracts with Apex Care Homes and Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) will see Host provide catering services at six locations across the South East. Apex homes in Luton and Bedford provide services to residents with mental health issues, learning disabilities, dementia and physical disabilities. The RBLI Village in Aylesford in Kent provides invaluable services to help ex-service men and women with rehabilitation, employability, training and support.

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