Global Infusion Group’s plans for expansion in the Middle East have received a boost with the announcement that event specialist Mike Smith has re-joined the group as partner in its Dubai office.

Smith previously worked at the Global Infusion Group as operations manager back in 2002 before moving to Dubai. He has always maintained close links to the business and worked with the company on a project-by-project basis in the interim, including a period in Baku for the first ever European Games in 2015.

Global Infusion Group’s catering division, GIG, has secured contracts including Expo 2020 in Dubai. The company now hopes that Smith’s experience in catering and the wider event market, and his knowledge of the Middle East region, will help them accomplish its expansion plans.

Tony Laurenson, Global Infusion Group’s founder and CEO, commented: “Having Mike on board as a partner in the Dubai office lays solid foundations for our ambitious plans for growth in the Middle East. We’ve identified a gap for our specialist approach to catering and hospitality delivery. Mike knows and understands our business, has a great relationship with me and the wider team and a wealth of experience in events in the region. You could say it has all the ingredients for the perfect recipe.”

Commenting on his return, Smith said: “My relationship with Global Infusion Group goes back almost 20 years. It’s a truly global business with high standards and exceptional service levels at its core. I’m really looking forward to exploring the opportunities to expand its reach in the Middle East. Dubai is a great base for the operation and I know that there is definitely a market for its unique services in crew catering, artist hospitality and major events.”