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Our company

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Compass group is the leading provider of contract catering and support services in the UK and Ireland.

Our vision

To be a world-class provider of contract foodservice and support services, renowned for our great people, our great service, and our great results.

Our mission

Everyone in Compass is committed to consistently delivering superior service in the most efficient way, for the shared benefit of our customers, shareholders and employees.


Our guiding principles

- Health, Safety and Environment first
- Delivering for clients and consumers
- Developing our people and valuing diversity
- Profitable growth
- Constant focus on performance and efficiency.

Our history:

The history of Compass Group in the UK dates back to 1941, when Jack Bateman founded factory canteens to feed British workers supporting the war effort. In 1967, the company was acquired by Grand Metropolitan and the catering business became Compass Services in 1984.

Following a management buyout of Grand Metropolitan's contract services division in 1987, Compass Group was formed. Compass Group floated on the Stock Exchange a year later. In 1998, the Group became a FTSE 100 company.

In July 2000, Compass Group's UK business merged with the catering arm of Granada PLC to become the UK & Ireland division of Compass Group - the UK market leader in foodservice and hospitality.

In March 2010, Compass Group acquired Vision Security Group (VSG), the UK's leading independent security services provider. This partnership reinforces the Compass strategy to establish itself as a leading presence in the support services industry.

Our company:

Compass Group UK & Ireland is part of Compass Group PLC, a world-leading food and support services provider with annual revenues of £17.6 billion in the year to 30 September 2013, and £1.8bn of revenue in the UK & Ireland. We operate across the core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare, Education, Defence, Offshore & Remote and Sport, Leisure & Hospitality with a broad client portfolio.

Across the UK & Ireland, our operations span approximately 10,000 sites and include workplaces, famous sports and leisure venues, schools, hospitals, oil rigs and remote locations with much more in between. We employ more than 60,000 people and every day we serve millions of customers, provide services at hundreds of office buildings, clean thousands of square miles and protect tens of thousands of people.