BaxterStorey flying high with BA contractBy David Millward
February 25, 2013
A corporate catering company based in East Reading has won a major contract with British Airways.
BaxterStorey has been signed up for five years to provide customer dining for tens of thousands of travellers in the airline’s 14 First Class and Galleries lounges across the UK, as well as the Concorde Room at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
The independent caterers, based in Thames Valley Park, says all 500 staff employed at the airline’s lounges will receive training to bring them in line with BaxterStorey’s service delivery.
Chief executive Noel Mahony said: “To be awarded a contract of this prestige is fantastic news for BaxterStorey.
“Our key focus will be to enhance the service ethos within the British Airways lounges, whilst providing fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food to their premium customers.
“This will be delivered through a significant investment in training for its lounge team.”
He continued: “Our dedicated team have put a lot of hard work and energy into securing this deal, so we are absolutely delighted that British Airways has selected us as its catering partner for its prestigious UK lounges portfolio.”
Lynn McClelland, British Airways head of catering, added: “We are delighted to announce BaxterStorey as our new hospitality partner for our prestigious lounges.
“Together we will provide a premium service to the thousands of passengers that use our lounges every day.”
“BaxterStorey has a great reputation as the UK’s leading independent contract caterer and we are very much looking forward to working with them.”
The company enjoyed another major coup last summer when it won the contract to provide the catering services at the London Olympic’s press centre, serving around 18,000 reporters and broadcasters every day throughout the Games.
The company’s other clients include Barclays, English National Opera, Red Bull Racing, Pangbourne College and Thames Valley Park neighbours Oracle Corporation.
BaxerStorey chairman Alastair Storey, who lives in Newbury, was named the UK’s most powerful person in hospitality in December last year by Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine, knocking TV chef Jamie Oliver off the top spot.