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Catering news roundup

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This week has seen plenty of goings on that will be of interest to catering equipment firms. We take a look at some of the highlights below. 

New venues for Muriel’s Kitchen

Muriel's Kitchen, a successful restaurant in the South Kensington area of London, has plans to open two new venues in the next few months.  

Both of the sites will be larger than the original, with one in Leicester Square and the other in Old Compton Street, Caterer and Hotelkeeper reports. The company was founded by husband and wife Sam and Charlotte Miller in 2011 and serves classic British dishes with a Mediterranean twist. It aims to provide meals with no saturated fat and to use organic ingredients where possible.

Speaking about the expansion, Ms Miller said: "We’ve learned so much in the last 18 months and enjoyed such great success in South Kensington, that we feel ready for our next challenge."

"We have had such brilliant feedback from our existing customers, ever since our first day of trading and that has absolutely inspired us to grow," she added.

The Leicester Square venue will open in August, while the Old Compton Street site is due to be launched in September.

Jockey Club contract extension for Compass Group

The Compass Group has extended its contract with Jockey Club Racecourses. 

It will continue to provide catering services for the organisation until 2025, in a deal that is worth around £300 million in turnover. The contract will be fulfilled by Compass subsidiary Jockey Club Catering and covers some of the UK's leading racecourses such as Aintree, Cheltenham and Newmarket. 

Paul Fisher, Jockey Club Racecourses group managing director, commented: "Jockey Club Catering is key to the high quality experience we offer our customers and generates important revenues we reinvest back into British racing."

He said the service provided by Jockey Club Catering has taken the company's hospitality offering to the "next level" and made an important contribution to both race days and the non-racing events held at courses across the country. 

This contract extension will see the catering firm contribute to the £45 million development that is planned at Cheltenham Racecourse, Mr Fisher added.

Apprenticeship boost for London hospitality firms

London-based hospitality firms can now receive additional funding for taking on apprentices.

The National Apprenticeship Service and training organisation Lifetime have combined with the Greater London Authority and London Enterprise Panel to offer a £3,000 grant for businesses that take on their first apprentice. It is available to firms who recruit young people between the age of 16 and 24 and the deadline for applications is December 31st. 

Alex Khan, Lifetime chief executive, commented: "Apprentices can form the bedrock of start-up businesses … the enhanced grant is great news for London employers and young people."

This is not the first project aimed at encouraging more hospitality companies to take on apprentices. In June, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, the Catering Equipment Distributors Association and the Foodservice Consultants Society International all agreed to provide 75 placements for young people with their members.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801611330-ADNFCR

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