We are thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as the exclusive catering partner for The Sands Centre, a major leisure and entertainment venue located in the north of England. This marks our first contract win outside of Scotland and we are excited to bring our unique catering, events, and venue services to this new market.
The Sands Centre is currently undergoing a £27 million transformation, funded by Carlisle City Council and operated by GLL. Once complete, the venue will combine two existing sites and provide entertainment, leisure, swimming, and eating and drinking facilities all in one place, with an estimated yearly footfall of over one million.
As part of our partnership with The Sands Centre, we will be operating a range of catering facilities including a new restaurant with various dining areas, a coffee shop with indoor seating, two bars downstairs, an upstairs bar, and a large outdoor terrace. We will also be offering bespoke catering packages for meetings, conferences, and celebrations in the venue’s flexible function rooms.
We are proud to be working with The Sands Centre to bring a diverse program of events to the north of England, including music and theatre performances, comedy shows, and talks. Some of the exciting events happening at The Sands Centre this autumn include Blood Brothers, Russell Kane, The Proclaimers, and Sarah Millican.
In 2023, The Sands Centre will host 200 professional events with capacity for over 250,000 customers. In addition to its planned events and performances, the venue will also be home to a number of sporting events of regional and national significance including regional swimming galas, sports specific tournaments, and competitions.
As part of our expansion into England, we have re-imagined our supply chain to make use of local produce in order to deliver the highest quality dining experiences at The Sands Centre. This latest success follows a string of business wins for us, including partnerships with the National Museum of Scotland and the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, as well as working with the Fringe by the Sea Festival for a second year in a row.
We are excited to take this first step in expanding outside of Scotland while continuing to grow in our home market. With our expertise in catering, events, and venue services, we are confident that we will deliver a top-notch experience for customers at The Sands Centre.