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Executive catering partner review

Rovers to review catering operation when Northcote contract comes to an end

26 February 2019

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Blackburn Rovers will be taking the opportunity to review their catering operation when the current agreement with the Northcote Leisure Group expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.

The Michelin-starred hospitality group has been Rovers’ executive catering partner at Ewood Park since 2001.  

Following discussions between the club and Northcote, it has been mutually agreed that with the current agreement coming to an end in June 2019, it provides Rovers with an opportunity to assess the market and pursue discussions with a range of other catering companies.  

A decision will be made as to whether the club brings the catering contract in-house or opts to out-source the operation once again ahead of the 2019-20 season.  

Rovers’ Chief Executive, Steve Waggott, said: “Can I first acknowledge the long-standing relationship between the club and Northcote, and thank them for all the service they have provided to the football club over many years.  

“Blackburn Rovers see that the needs and demands of the corporate market have changed over the last two decades and that the market is now very competitive in terms of securing business throughout the year.

"This ever-changing environment is at the forefront of why the club wants to explore and review the catering options available to it going forward.”  

Craig Bancroft, Managing Director at Northcote, added: “We have had a wonderful tenure as Northcote at the Rovers over the last 18 years at Ewood Park and it has been a privilege to have been involved.

"We have enjoyed delivering a wonderful experience to Rovers fans, hospitality partners and local business throughout the years and sincerely hope that the new successful caterers recognise the wonderful team that is in place, who will continue to work alongside the football club to deliver an exceptional matchday and non-matchday experience."

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