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The Lindley Group —which serves many of the country’s premier sporting venues and tourist destinations, including Tottenham Hotspur
FC’s White Hart Lane, Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road and Watford FC’s Vicarage Road—today announced its acquisition by Centerplate, North America’s leading event hospitality partner to the top sports stadia, entertainment venues and convention centres in the United States and Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The deal between The Lindley Group and Centerplate, individually recognised as industry leaders in guest-focused, locally-inspired hospitality and strategic design services for each of their respective markets, creates a global leader in event hospitality.
Jointly, the new company will provide food, beverage and merchandise services to more than 115 million guests annually, at many of the world’s most successful and iconic sporting facilities, convention centres, and leading tourist attractions in North America and the U.K., including the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and The Hepworth Wakefield, a leading regional art gallery.
Global expansion tops a period of significant growth for Centerplate, previously named the fastest growing restaurant hospitality group in the United States by Nation’s Restaurant News, America’s leading hospitality publication. Combining the best in hospitality strategy from the U.S. and the U.K., the new Centerplate is perfectly positioned to pursue premier client venues in Great Britain and Europe.
Revenues for the combined company are expected to exceed £660 million ($1 billion USD) in 2013, and there are no plans to reduce the company’s combined workforce, which currently stands at over 35,000 people worldwide. Each entity will continue to operate under its current name. The Lindley Group Chief Executive Adam Elliott will assume the title of President, The Lindley Group, and Executive Vice President, Centerplate, reporting to Centerplate President and CEO Des Hague. Hague, who was born and raised in the UK and began his career in hospitality leadership positions throughout Europe, will draw on his extensive personal and professional background in the UK as he leads the global organisation.
“From service innovation and culinary excellence to venue design, Centerplate has always put the guest and fan at the very center of everything we do, so we are thrilled to find a like-minded organisation in The Lindley Group,” said Hague. “With the addition of this vibrant and growing business, the new Centerplate will bring our passion for culinary and service excellence to best-in-class clients around the world, with a continued focus on results, not rhetoric. We are excited to expand globally and look forward to providing our best-in-class clients with unmatched hospitality experiences at prestigious and iconic venues across North America and the UK.”
Elliott added: “Achieving global scale through this merger with Centerplate is a massive boost for The Lindley Group, which will benefit from an infusion of resources and expertise while enjoying the operational freedom to bring our UK clients, fans and guests the food innovation and technology advances that Centerplate is pioneering at venues in America. Clients and fans will continue to see the same quality and service they know from The Lindley Group, and we are energised and excited to move forward with everyone in our current management team in place.”
Moving forward, Centerplate and The Lindley Group will partner with a list of the world’s top sporting venues and tourist attractions including:
Within the last year alone, Centerplate served more than 100 million guests at 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues in North America. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official US Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, among other high profile events.
2012 also proved a banner year for The Lindley Group, as the company won the prestigious MIDAS award for Menu Innovation in the Sports and Leisure Category, and also secured a series of prestigious new accounts, including event hospitality duties for Rotherham United’s new New York stadium and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results.” for more than 115 million guests each year in over 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history. Recently, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/hospitality group in the United States by Nation’s Restaurant News, and has recently expanded operations in the United Kingdom. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.
ABOUT THE LINDLEY GROUP
Established in 1968, The Lindley Group has been serving many of the United Kingdom’s most exciting sports, leisure, arts, visitor attraction and heritage venues for generations. Now the newest division of Centerplate, a global provider of hospitality services to over 300 premium entertainment venues, The Lindley Group caters to more than 300,000 people each week—from exclusive private functions to sell-out crowds in Great Britain’s most iconic destinations. To learn more about The Lindley Group, visit: www.thelindleygroup.com.
Posted by lindleygroup on 04/04/2013
How many of you indulged in a bit of chocolate this past weekend? Most of you probably! Here’s a few interesting facts…
Originating from the America’s and made from cacao beans, chocolate has always been a popular food. It was originally used for wedding and religious ceremonies to the Aztecs before it became well known in Europe as a sweet dessert or treat.
Nowadays, chocolate is used to sweeten puddings, and can be found in any number of different cakes and desserts, from chocolate coconut banoffee pie to white chocolate berry cheesecake.
Chocolate can also be used in savoury dishes, usually in hot and spicy dishes or as a sauce to enhance the flavour. These can include the household favourite Chilli Con Carne and Sticky Belly Pork.
Although the idea of savoury chocolate dishes sounds tempting, I think I’ll keep to my own favourite of chocolate cake for dessert!
Posted by lindleygroup on 02/04/2013
Looking across from the Shared Support Centre on a dreary rain soaked morning in Stoke, there can be only one way to cheer up your morning, with the well known local delicacy of Staffordshire Oatcakes.
This dish has a deep heritage within Stoke-On-Trent and is a firm favourite both in and out of the city. With a number of different fillings, oatcakes are simple to make and a delicious quick meal to make from oatmeal and flour.
Oatcakes can be filled with a number of different fillings, if you don’t like mushrooms and bacon, try them with sausage or beans, yum!
Posted by lindleygroup on 19/03/2013
Lindley continues to support local communities throughout the country.
Lindley has recently teamed up with local Yorkshire charity ‘Sheffield Younger Carers’ to support the Young Carers Eat & Greet Event with The Sheffield College.
The charity provides support to children and young people aged 8-21 who are living in Sheffield and care for someone at home, usually a family member, with a physical or mental illness or disability.
These individuals are known as ‘young carers’ and are supported by the charity through one to one support, group activities, respite holidays and support with education, employment and training.
The event was designed to provide young carers with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn valuable cooking skills; the dishes cooked were sampled by local councillors and other key figures from the public sector.
By providing branded aprons to each of the young carers, Lindley has provided them with a lasting reminder of the fabulous event.
Posted by lindleygroup on 26/02/2013
Happy Shrove Tuesday! We hope you’re all using up your spare eggs, milk and sugar to make delicious pancakes.
As one of England’s favourite traditions, we’ll be looking at how to make beautiful baby buttermilk pancakes, with sticky bananas and Brazil nuts.
There are many more flavours to choose from, both sweet and savoury, this is our personal favourite!
And after stuffing ourselves with these pancakes today, we think it’s probably wise to give them up for lent!
Posted by lindleygroup on 12/02/2013
Happy New Year to everyone from The Lindley Group, we hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas.
Since the festive period has ended, why not have a new years resolution of reducing waste this year?
To help with this, the SRA has developed Christmas leftovers menu ideas, to help to get rid of your remaining festive feast food!
For all your remaining Brussels sprouts and Christmas nuts this Christmas, why not try Caramelized Tofu.
Posted by lindleygroup on 02/01/2013
Recently we announced a new CSR incentive of using waste coffee grounds from our sites. The aim was to reduce waste and inform customers how to use the grounds in their gardens.
We’re pleased to say that this scheme has been successful at various sites around the UK, with customers (and staff) taking coffee beans away to be reused.
Unsurprisingly our site at Starbucks in Derby has commented on the popularity of this incentive. While others due to demand have requested additional stickers in order to continue to bag more coffee grounds.
Be sure to lookout for our promotional posters at our sites, help reduce waste and support the coffee ground initiative!
Posted by lindleygroup on 20/11/2012
Christmas fever is starting to be felt all around the UK, and at Lindley it’s no different!
Up and down the country we have a selection of new delicious Christmas Menu’s, and a number of party venues and events being held.
Brace the elements this year at the Ashton Gate Stadium, with a themed Christmas ‘Fire and Ice’ party
Dine with an Ex-England legend at the New York Stadium, and enjoy a Sportsmans’ Dinner and festive four course meal in the presence of Paul Gascoigne
Or, enjoy a groovy Christmas evening at the Deepdale Stadium and dance the night away at a themed 70′s and 80′s disco party night!
Now that you’ve sampled some of our Christmas delights on offer, be sure to take a look at all of our sites Christmas events;
Posted by lindleygroup on 29/10/2012
Following last weeks update, we have more great news to share with you;
As always, we’ve got more jobs available!
Posted by lindleygroup on 09/10/2012