CH and Co Group has announced its merger with the events catering and services company, Concerto Group.

Combining the resources and expertise of these two companies is set to strengthen the Group’s reach, and realise new growth potential, particularly in conference centres and large-scale arenas. The merger is also set to open up new opportunities within the hotel sector.

The development increases the Group’s turnover to £300 million and it will now provide catering at over 750 sites across the UK and Ireland, employing more than 6,200 people.

Bill Toner, CEO of CH and Co Group, commented: “CH and Co Group and Concerto Group are both well-known and respected players achieving great things in the events market so our union is a very positive development. Both companies bring a great mix of talent, expertise, creativity, resources and assets to the party, and together we create a really attractive proposition in this highly competitive arena. This is great news for our clients too. We’ll be able to offer additional services such as team building events and specialist party and event options in many locations around the country.

“CH and Co Group has grown rapidly in recent years through welcoming a number of businesses into the family. As well as making sure this always makes perfect business sense, we’re committed to ensuring our people benefit from enhanced working practices and greater development opportunities that such growth offers. This is no different, and we look forward to welcoming the Concerto Group team to our extended family.”

Adam Elliott, chief executive at Concerto Group, added: “For our clients and our teams it’s very much business as usual. As we enter what is perhaps the busiest time of the year for the events industry, our clients will enjoy the great food and service that our reputation is built on. Looking forward, we will be working closely with our new colleagues to pool resources and expertise to maximise the strength of the partnership and capitalise on the new growth potential available to us. The year ahead is going to be very exciting.

“Culturally, the two businesses are a great fit. Looking after our clients and our people is at the heart of what we both do, and as a result, we are able to fulfil our desire to consistently deliver innovative and delicious food and great service that delights and surprises our clients and our teams.”