Mitie takes 51% stake in Creativevents

Press Release   •   Aug 13, 2012 11:42 BST

Mitie, the strategic outsourcing and energy services company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired a 51% stake in Creativevents, the specialist food and drinks company.

Creativevents provides bespoke catering, retail cafes and bars, hospitality, fine dining, conference and banqueting and ‘pop-up’ catering services to a broad range of clients in the events, exhibitions and Culture & Heritage markets. Clients include Earls Court, Olympia and ExCel Exhibition Centres, Brooklands Motor Museum, National Army Museum and RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park Flower Shows.

Established 15 years ago by two brothers, Adrian and Ian Willson, with funding from the Prince’s Trust, Creativevents has twice been listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 companies, and in 2011 won the prestigious Event Caterer of the Year Award*.

Allister Richards, managing director for Mitie’s Catering business, predicts a strong future for the new partnership, commenting: "There is huge synergy between the two companies.

“Creativevents has a superb reputation for offering creative and flexible solutions at the premium end of the event catering market. When you look at the combined talent and credentials of our two teams and the broader skills set of Mitie as a whole, we will offer an unbeatable proposition to the market."

Adrian Willson said: "This is an exciting move for Creativevents and it will enable us to secure new growth for the company. We were won over by the amazing entrepreneurial ethos at Mitie. With Mitie's backing we will have the same resources as all of the bigger players and I am confident that we are well poised to grow our business further.

“Most importantly, we can invest in our team so that Creativevents can continue to develop stylish, high quality, high volume fresh food and drinks concepts with its same flair for innovation.”


*at the Cost Sector Catering Awards 2011

For further information, contact:


John Telling, Group Corporate Affairs Director
D: +44 20 3123 8673
M: +44 7979 701006

Erica Lockhart, Head of Investor Relations and External Affairs
D: +44 20 3123 8179
M: +44 7979 784488

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Creativevents offers a fresh and exciting approach to running cafes, restaurants, hospitality and stand catering, conference and banqueting services and ‘Pop-Up’ temporary food and drink outlets.

Our products and services are extremely varied and are delivered with an unwavering eye for detail. We offer exceptional catering for all occasions and we pride ourselves on offering our clients and our customers with welcoming, innovative and flexible experiences.

Creativevents continues to lead the way in assembling the very best teams working in each of our venues who are hand-selected for their enthusiasm and ability to provide excellent customer service.

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