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Chartwells chalks up £23.5m contract at Bournemouth University

Chartwells, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s specialist provider of catering to schools, academies, colleges and universities, has won a new 10 year contract at Bournemouth University (BU).

Compass Group news team
Monday 14 July 2014



The new deal, starting in September 2014 and worth an expected £23.5 million in total, will see Chartwells provide food and hospitality services to over 18,000 students and 1,700 staff at both of Bournemouth University’s campuses.

Having worked with the University since 1995, Chartwells has an excellent track record; outlets at the university have remained on trend and have continued to grow in popularity. Chartwells is committed to supporting BU in its drive to become a Centre for Excellence within the higher education sector. Ambitious plans are in place to further enhance the student experience at the University and to transform the existing BU dining and café environments at both the Talbot and Lansdowne campuses.

Development plans also include the creation of exciting outside eateries with a focus on Fairtrade produce and ethnic street style cuisine as well as the development of several new outlets in BU’s Fusion one building, which is due to open on campus in 2016.

Robin Mills, Managing Director of Chartwells commented: “We are thrilled to continue working with Bournemouth University. Our team have built a unique relationship with our clients there since 1995 based on trust, shared objectives and mutual respect.  We have kept the student and staff experience at the heart of all our propositions and I think our willingness to bring innovation and fresh ideas to the table, along with our continual focus on service, has ensured we successfully retained this important contract.”

Stuart Laird, Director of Estates at Bournemouth University, said: “The University was very clear on our final decision and recognised the benefits that would come from extending our partnership with Chartwells.  BU has set out on a journey of investment and development over the next five years at both the Talbot and Lansdowne Campuses. We needed to be confident that catering services will continue to evolve and that our catering partner will adapt and respond accordingly. Chartwells know and really understand our business, and are uniquely placed to add value to our students’ experience whilst optimising the potential that our new Fusion building and strategy presents.”


For more information on Compass Group UK & Ireland:
Luke Hanley, Compass Group UK & Ireland
Tel: 01895 554462 / Mob:  07917790040
Email: luke.hanley@compass-group.co.uk