Olympic times for Sodexo

Excitement for the London 2012 Olympics Games is quickly building, particularly since tickets for the competition went on sale a few weeks ago.

Taking place from July 27th to August 12th, the Games are no easy feat to organise, but progress is being made.

Many of the London venues which will be used for the event have been completed, while work continues on others to ensure the UK is ready to welcome international athletes next summer.

More progress has also been made on awarding contracts for the days of the event, with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) announcing that G4S Secure Solutions has been appointed official security services provider for the Games.

Sodexo Prestige is also set to provide catering during the event, helping to ensure that thousands of people are well-nourished.

The company was listed among a variety of corporate and venue caterers, including Compass Group, BaxterStorey, the NEC Group and Arena Leisure, which will work to ensure that the 15,000 athletes, 100,000 staff, 70,000 volunteers and 20,000 media professionals are all fed well during the sporting competition.

Sodexo will provide catering at Glasgow venue and football stadium Hampden Park, as well as Newcastle venue St James' Park.

It will also supply the Royal Artillery Barracks, where the shooting, Paralympics shooting and Paralympics archery competitions are set to take place, as well as Lord's Cricket Ground, which will play host to the archery event.

The company is also expected to work at the Olympic Park in Stratford, which has been divided into two sections with Sodexo feeding those in the southern area.

Sodexo Prestige managing director Chris John told Conferencing News: "We are delighted to confirm that we are working with London 2012 on the hospitality programme for the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games."

About 14 million meals are expected to be served during the games, meaning a big logistical operation for those awarded contracts.

"People will view their experience of London 2012 in many different ways - including how good the food was.

"The appointment of these companies is the next step in delivering on this," said LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton.

He went on to say that smaller firms will be given the opportunity to be part of the Olympics by working with the main catering partners.

"Our tier one catering partners will work with a number of smaller caterers to help deliver key parts of their catering offer, and work with a multitude of large, medium and small food producers to showcase the best of British food," he explained.

It's not the only sporting contract which Sodexo has netted recently. Last month, the company secured an agreement to provide catering, vending, hospitality, cleaning and bar management at Sportscotland's national sports training centres, located in Largs, Inverclyde and in Cumbrae.

The three-year contact with Scotland's national agency for sport is worth more than £500,000 in annual turnover.

Set behind the Ayrshire town of Largs, the Inverclyde centre will be used for international teams, including those training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sodexo is providing full catering at Largs, including breakfast, lunch and an evening meal for all residents at the centre.

Susan Pike, senior account manager for Sodexo Scotland, said: "Sportscotland wanted a partner who could understand the different customer needs, modernise the services and provide quality hospitality and we are delighted that we fit the bill."

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