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Sodexo strengthens UK education business with Alliance in Partnership acquisition

Sodexo has announced the acquisition of specialist education catering group, Alliance in Partnership (AiP).

Established in 1998, AiP has grown considerably over the last few years through organic growth and acquisitions. AiP will continue to operate independently with MD Paul Rogers continuing to lead the business and its 1,500 employees from its Birmingham head office.

Sodexo and AiP will aim to combine their resources and expertise to “deliver innovative food concepts which help improve health and learning outcomes for students across the UK”.

Rogers will join a newly formed operational board along with Sodexo’s MD for government schools, Matt Garner, who will oversee the development of Sodexo and AiP’s business in this sector. The new board will include executives from both Sodexo and AiP and will report into Sodexo’s CEO for schools and universities, Andrew Wilkinson.

Wilkinson said: “We are delighted to welcome the talented and dynamic AiP team to Sodexo. The AiP impressive client base of 418 schools will strongly complement our existing schools’ business.

“The education sector presents a huge growth area for us and we have been looking to expand our presence in it for some time. Whilst we have been growing our own business organically, acquiring a company already well-established in the sector enables us to develop our scale, infrastructure and visibility.”

Rogers added: “We are thrilled to be joining Sodexo. We share a similar ethos and we have a common heritage which is to serve healthy, nutritious food in a fun and welcoming environment. By joining forces with Sodexo, we believe that we can take our business to the next level and give the company and our people significant opportunities to grow.”

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