This report reviews the UK contract catering market. It quantifies the size of the industry and historical growth rates while reviewing key factors behind these figures and exploring drivers of profitability.
Key strategic issues, such as the bundling of catering within integrated facilities services contracts, are explored through interviews with senior level buyers of contract catering services.
The report also analyses drivers of market growth such as employment levels and patterns, schools and hospital populations and outsourcing trends which determine demand for contract catering – setting out historical market trends and forecasts.
The contract catering industry has been one of the leaders in the UK’s outsourcing revolution but has been impacted by recent, less certain, economic conditions.
We believe that, in order for those involved in the market to make the best decisions in this complex and changing environment, they need to have access to the best information and understanding of the trends and drivers. The aim of this report is to provide this.
It is intended for contract catering and facilities management companies themselves as well as investors, banks, analysts, consultants and other parties with interests in the sector.
The report is based on
Publicly available data including company annual reports, websites, press release and government statistics
Interviews with contacts in the market (including customers)
In-depth analysis of the macroeconomic environment and other relevant contract catering market drivers
Information from these sources has been synthesised and presented clearly and concisely with extensive use of charts and tables to illuminate points and support conclusions.