Mitie has won a three-year security contract with the Bank of England, following a competitive tender process.


OF COOKS MERGE Bespoke caterer, Company of Cooks, is to join forces with independent caterer and Royal Warrant holder, CH&CO.

Company of Cooks, which has business in London and the South East of England and a turnover of £35m and 600 employees, operates in the visitor attraction and cultural sectors, including at RHS Garden Wisley, the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery.

The merger will enable Company of Cooks to gain the extra support that a larger organisation like CH&CO supplies in particular in back office

functions but also in learning and development opportunities for team members.

Mike Lucy, Founder of Company of Cooks, will continue to manage the business and the Company of Cooks brand. He will also lead on sharing best practice across the combined portfolio.

Lucy said: “This merger provides a great opportunity for the loyal and talented members of the Company of Cooks band. It also provides us with a greater ability to compete and, with the benefit of CH&CO and the Company of Cooks credentials and distinct personality, I’m confident that we can make a positive impact both in our own specialist market and to the wider CH&CO group.”


SUCCESS WITH ENB English National Ballet (ENB) has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its newly built, 93,000 sq ft, headquarters in City Island, East London.

The recent move to City Island will bring English National Ballet and English National Ballet School together under one roof, combining state of the art fitness and rehabilitation facilities, teaching and rehearsal studios, alongside a unique Production Studio unrivalled in the UK.

This world class ballet centre will enable new opportunities for collaboration and nurturing of dance talent. Dedicated engagement spaces and digital facilities will enable the company to reach more people than ever before.

Grace Chan, Chief Operating Officer of English National Ballet commented: “The transformational new facilities in our new home will allow the Pareto to open up the creative process for more people to participate in, and benefit from, the powerful art form of dance. We


selected Pareto FM to be our building services supplier because they demonstrated exceptional focus on trying to understand the needs of our new building first, and have since given us excellent customer service and a knowledgeable and hard-working services team.”

Andrew Hulbert, Pareto FM, Managing Director: “We are genuinely privileged to partner with one of the most prestigious arts-based organisations in the world. We are looking forward to the opportunity to support a physical environment that houses some of the best performers in the world.”

The FM specialists will provide manned guarding services for the Bank of England’s high-profile site at Threadneedle Street in the City of London, as well as its site in Debden, Essex.

Drawing on its extensive security expertise, Mitie’s team will support the UK’s central bank 24 hours, 365 days a year.

The Bank of England was founded in 1694 as private bank to the UK government and later moved to its iconic Threadneedle Street location in London in 1734. Today it is known as the UK’s central bank due to the London site location.

The contract comes with the option to extend for a further two years.

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