Heathcotes ACC Liverpool
Winner of the Event Catering Award
In 1997, chefs Paul Heathcote and Gary Bates came together to create Heathcotes Outside, now one of four divisions within the Lindley Group.
Since its inception, the company has offered its services to some of the northwest's leading sporting venues including Chester and Bangor racecourses and Anfield, Warrington Wolves and Deepdale football stadia.
Heathcotes was awarded a £20million, five-year contract in 2007 to provide the in-house food and beverage service for the prestigious and then, new Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (ACC Liverpool).
The contract covers events hosted across two separate areas: the Liverpool Echo Arena, with a capacity of 11,000 and; the BT Convention Centre, including an auditorium accommodating up to 1,350 delegates. The ability to overcome the complexities of catering for events with varying requirements back to back and sometimes even simultaneously pays testament to Heathcotes' event management skills.
Last year, for instance, it managed all aspects of the public and VIP catering for the second night of pop band Oasis' sell out concert at the arena. On the same night, it provided a bar service, pre-dinner reception and table service for a formal three course meal for 500 guests attending the UEFA Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in the adjacent BT Convention Centre.