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History & Achievements

We’ve been around for a long time. And, we have some exciting plans for the future. A future that we feel is strongly influenced by where we’ve come from, the journey we’ve taken and all the valuable lessons we’ve learnt along the way.

The Compass Group UK & Ireland story starts in the UK when, in 1941, 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 buy-out of Grand Metropolitan's contract services division in 1987, Compass Group was formed. Compass Group floated on the Stock Exchange a year later and 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 food services.

To this day, Compass Group UK & Ireland continues to drive change in the catering and support industry, having pioneered branded and sector focused approaches to the marketplace. Importantly, we keep on learning and are committed to continuously developing our knowledge, skill set and potential, in order to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world.