Catering giant expects trans-Atlantic benefits from merger of business units

Alice Woodwark Compass

Catering giant Compass Group has merged three of its business units in a move that it says will provider a closer alignment between its UK and American operations.

The caterer is bringing together Restaurant Associates, Levy Leisure – which will now be rebranded as RA Venues – and Rapport as a single body to serve the hospitality sector. Together they will be known as ‘RA Group’.

Moving Levy Leisure into the RA Group and rebranding it as RA Venues has the advantage of aligning the Compass Group brands in the UK and America.

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In the USA, top-flight visitor attractions including The Met Museum in New York and The Guggenheim are served by Restaurant Associates. Bringing leisure venues within the RA Group family is expected to strengthen the bonds between Compass leisure sites on both sides of the Atlantic.

The new name reflects the values, consumer demographics and food and service standards that are shared by these three companies, as well as their commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing the very best talent in the industry, according to Compass.

Alice Woodwark, manager director of RA Group, said the formation of the new business would deliver a range of benefits to clients.

“Restaurant Associates and Rapport clients will gain access to a prestigious range of venues within which to host external events, as well as access to the strong catering and events capabilities of the RA Venues team. Equally, RA Venues clients will benefit from insights and opportunities from Restaurant Associates and Rapport’s leading position in the corporate market.

“As the workplace food landscape becomes ever more consumer-focused, Restaurant Associates will also gain from RA Venues’ retailing expertise in over 50 public-facing cafes and restaurants.

“Similarly, the recognised leadership that Rapport holds in the field of guest services – as a multi-award-winning business that has been recognised as one of the Top 30 Best Places to Work in Hospitality for the last five years – brings further depth to the great service culture at both Restaurant Associates and RA Venues.”

Compass said the creation of the RA Group family will enable the three companies to share best practice and training expertise to increase both the breadth and depth of the group’s skill base.

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