By 2nd November 2016News

Servest, a leading multi-service facilities management provider, has acquired Catering Academy Ltd in a strategic move to grow the Group’s catering division.

Catering Academy is an independent catering company that has built a reputation for bringing innovative solutions to a wide range of catering and ancillary services. Formed in 2004 by Louise Wymer and Kevin Cannon, the company operates nationally and works with a significant number of clients in the business and industry, education and healthcare sectors.

The acquisition will enable Servest Food Company to expand and develop its presence in the education and healthcare sectors. Servest initially approached Catering Academy in 2015, believing the dynamic catering company would be a good cultural fit. Both parties share aligned values, such as passion for excellent service and the belief in human partnerships to create mutual success. Cannon, Wymer and the senior management team will remain in place to facilitate a smooth transition into the group and to continue to grow the business by utilising their knowledge and expertise.

Servest Food Co’s vision is to continue to grow a number of brands that have real expertise and passion in specific sectors of the foodservice market. Wymer, Cannon and the rest of the Catering Academy team will utilise their passion and experience to drive the business forward into the education and care market sectors.

Louise Wymer, Co-Founder and Director of Catering Academy said: “We are excited to join forces with such an illustrious organisation in order to continue providing excellent service to our strong client base. The senior team at Catering Academy are thrilled to be a part of the exciting future at Servest.”

Servest has built a reputation for its acquisitive nature, and many of the senior team members from the businesses the company has bought are still in the driving seat of the business. Growing the divisions to new levels with the support of the wider group behind them. It is this entrepreneurial spirit that sets Servest a part and is a key factor in the culture of development within the group.

Rob Legge, Group Chief Executive Officer UK and Europe at Servest, said: “The acquisition of Catering Academy forms a part of Servest’s growth strategy and will help develop our already successful catering division. This decision demonstrates our commitment to boosting the Group’s footprint in the education and healthcare sectors and will enable us to offer additional expertise to our clients. I look forward to working with Catering Academy’s senior management team on assimilating the business into the Group.”