Encore wins Glasgow college catering contract

Encore Hospitality Services has won a £4.8 million contract to provide the catering services at the City of Glasgow College, in a move that could create new catering and hospitality jobs.

The four-year deal was awarded after Encore overcame a competitive tender involving over 30 other businesses.

The company already runs the catering operations at the Caledonian University, where it has been the provider for the last 12 years, meaning that it will now cater for over 50,000 staff and students per day.

Encore is the hospitality and catering business of Cordia, which was set up by Glasgow City Council.

Janis Carson, vice principal of City of Glasgow College said: "We are delighted to have Cordia on board following this strategic decision to integrate and improve our catering services post merger. City of Glasgow College looks forward to working in partnership with Encore to drive quality improvement, service standards and customer satisfaction at what is an exciting time for our College."

The new contract means that Encore will operate all food outlets in the super college on Cathedral Street and will also be in charge of all catering opportunities in the forthcoming Super Campus, which could be the base for new jobs within the hospitality and catering sector.

Managing director of Cordia, David Melvin, said: "Make no mistake about it, this is a significant contract on a UK scale that was firmly on the radar of the biggest catering companies in the business. These companies brought their considerable resources to bear in a bid to take this work, and it is an outstanding achievement to have won it against such competition.

"The winning of any contract is cause for celebration, but the gaining of this one at City of Glasgow College I believe shows recognition of the highly innovative approach we have brought to the table, and of our growing reputation.”

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