Botanics serves up £21m deal to caterer Sodexo

From left: Paul Mitchell, Sodexo catering services director at RBGE, chef Jonathan Scott, waitress Lauren Baillie and Simon Milne, RBGE regius keeper

From left: Paul Mitchell, Sodexo catering services director at RBGE, chef Jonathan Scott, waitress Lauren Baillie and Simon Milne, RBGE regius keeper

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has extended its contract with catering and facilities management company Sodexo in a deal worth a tasty £21 million.

The latest agreement, announced today, will extend the existing partnership for a further five years and follows a competitive tender process.

Sodexo currently carries out all the catering across the garden’s retail and restaurant facilities, as well as sales and marketing and event services. The new agreement will extend beyond this to deliver staff dining, cleaning and waste management services in Edinburgh, as well as cleaning services at Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Borders.

The Edinburgh venue hosts more than 200 social and corporate events each year, including some 80 weddings. It also stages the popular Botanic Lights in the autumn and a full Christmas and Hogmanay events programme.

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Paul Mitchell, Sodexo catering services director at RBGE, said: “We have achieved a lot over the past eight years at RBGE and have an array of ideas and innovations that will deliver greater stand out for RBGE as a visitor attraction in the capital.

“The breadth of our offering across the organisation enables us to bring extended value to RBGE and we very much look forward to implementing some of the exciting initiatives we have in the pipeline for 2016.”

Heather Jackson, RBGE director of enterprise, added: “We’re very much looking forward to continuing our partnership with Sodexo. The new contract, commencing 1 February, gives us both the opportunity to realise our ambition to deliver a first-class visitor experience in a world-class botanic garden.”

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