Harrogate Convention Centre has announced a five-year deal with national hospitality provider CH&CO, which has taken over catering operations at the North Yorkshire venue.

The £10 million deal is an in-road into the events and exhibition industry for CH&CO, which holds a royal warrant for catering services to HM The Queen. It took over the Convention Centre contract on January 1 this year.

Simon Kent, director of Harrogate Convention Centre, commented: “The team at CH&CO impressed us with its commitment to Harrogate and to developing our business alongside their own.

“CH&CO has a diverse portfolio and we are their biggest site in the convention and exhibition venue market. They have a hugely talented team and the company’s ethos is recognising that each client, event and location has different needs. Their ability to tailor catering to very different occasions will be a real strength considering the diverse calendar of events we hold here.”

Dean Lindsay, managing director of CH&CO, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Harrogate Convention Centre. The new partnership strengthens our position in the conference and exhibition venue market, with Harrogate Convention Centre becoming our flagship venue in this arena.

“The Convention Centre is a unique and inspiring site that combines modern, flexible event spaces with a wonderful history and it’s important that this is reflected in the catering and hospitality offer.”

In taking up the Convention Centre’s catering offer CH&CO will oversee and develop a range of operations. This includes four branded grab-and-go style retail outlets used during exhibitions, four bars throughout the venue’s theatres and a full calendar of award ceremony banquets and event dinners catering for thousands of delegates.