Global News & InsightsUnited Kingdom
Most Popular

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Renews Sodexo Contract

Listen to this article


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has extended its partnership with Heritage Portfolio, a specialist events and catering company in the Sodexo Live! portfolio by five years following a competitive tender.    

Since 2007, Heritage Portfolio has played an essential role in the Garden Experience, providing catering, hospitality and events services.

The new service-level agreement includes a further option for RBGE to extend the contract by two extra years, and a commitment from Heritage Portfolio to invest £1 million in the venue’s facilities to ensure visitors continue to enjoy world-class services and amenities. 

Central to Heritage Portfolio’s approach is its dedication to Scottish ingredients that complement a food and beverage offering which is inspired by the Garden. The team utilises seasonal ingredients, including 1.2 tonnes of organic certificated produce, equivalent to 23 kilogrammes a week – grown annually in the on-site Kitchen Garden. It has recently undergone expansion and investment, from the current third-of-an-acre plot, to include 18 raised beds. This investment underpins the joint food vision and is a true testament to sustainability by helping to reduce food mileage.   

In a further development, Heritage Portfolio and the Garden will collaborate to establish a hospitality hub within the John Hope Gateway. This initiative will include the delivery of educational masterclasses, blending culinary excellence with learning and community engagement. Classes will include field to fork cooking experiences, guest chef events and supper clubs, celebrating seasonal and ethically sourced produce.    The planned redevelopment of the John Hope Gateway is set to enhance the visitor experience significantly. It will include the introduction of a barista coffee truck, key changes to the Gateway Café and in future, a new exclusive events space. The renovation will increase seating capacity, introduce a new style of service in the Cafe and see the creation of a new outdoor dining experience on the deck overlooking the stunning gardens.

Alongside our new food proposition, joint sustainability initiatives and community engagement plan, we’re aligned in our ambition to create a new level of experience for Garden visitors.

Advertisement

Sandy Robson, Divisional Director for Heritage Portfolio in Sodexo Live! UK & Ireland, says: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which signifies our mutual dedication to providing visitors with an unparalleled experience.

“The investment and developments highlight our commitment to not only maintaining, but elevating the standards of hospitality and service at this prestigious venue. Alongside our new food proposition, joint sustainability initiatives and community engagement plan, we’re aligned in our ambition to create a new level of experience for Garden visitors. This further solidifies our position as the partner of choice in Scotland following the recent contract retentions of V&A Dundee, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Dundas Castle, Musselburgh Racecourse and Mansfield Traquair.”     

As we look to the future, we look forward to further initiatives and developments that will continue to enhance the experience for our visitors from across Edinburgh and the world

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Director of Horticulture & Visitor Experience at RBGE, adds: “We look forward to working together to realise our shared vision for the guest experience at the Gardens. The transformation of space within the John Hope Gateway provides an excellent base for our work in the community and offers visitors new opportunities to enjoy our seasonal approach to dining, both inside and out.    

“As we look to the future, we look forward to further initiatives and developments that will continue to enhance the experience for our visitors from across Edinburgh and the world.”   

Fm Logo2020
Staff Reporter

FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

Author

  • Staff Reporter

    FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

    View all Articles

CAMFIL HVAC Filtration Solutions

You may like

We've noticed you are using an ad blocker

Advertising helps bring you fresh independent content. Please disable the adblock plugin or settings in your web browser to access the content you are trying to reach on www.fmindustry.com.