Here’s an extract from The Caterer’s article on the hospitality industry’s New Year Honours 2015:
Receiving a MBE for services to the hospitality industry tops off an exceptional year for Wendy Bartlett, who launched independent foodservice company Bartlett Mitchell as chief executive in 2000 with chairman Ian Mitchell. Today the company enjoys a turnover of £30m and has more than 700 employees and 70 contracts, including new wins this year from the Financial Conduct Authority and mobile telecoms giant Three.
The past 12 months have been the most successful in the company’s history with the acquisition of Inn or Out Events, which caters for high profile, one-off events and fixed venue catering, as well as the successful addition of new business, which will be worth more than £42m over the next five years. In addition, the company retained over £3m in business during 2014.
Bartlett, who in her early career worked for Sutcliffe and Compass, told The Caterer that she is “completely overwhelmed” by news of the honour.
“I have worked in this amazing industry of hospitality all my career and I hope it’s an inspiration to others, Bartlett Mitchell is a thriving business that has great opportunities for others and my success is down to a great team and their back up. In recent years I’ve been able to do a bit more in giving back to the industry, so this will hopefully let others, and females in particular, see that it’s a great opportunity – you just need to put the effort, passion and hard work in, in particularly with the people who will make it happen with you.”
Find the full article here.