British restaurateur and catering company Searcys said it is “pleased” to report the group had a “successful” 2019.
Last year, the hospitality group hosted over 15,000 commercial events across its portfolio and accommodated over 380,000 guests across its restaurants.
This led to a reported revenue increase of 17.5% from 2018, with like-for-like sales contributing 6.7% of the total revenue growth.
The group’s employee numbers have also increased 14%, which includes its apprenticeship and training schemes with the launch of Searcys’ School of Service.
The group also secured new venue partnerships in 2019, including The Honourable Artillery Company, the Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Institution.
Searcys said it will now unveil 20 “memorable innovations” this coming year, with the aim to “enhance the events and dining experiences” across its venues. It will also launch a company-wide sommelier training on low-no alcohol food pairing, and bring new additions to its menus.
Matt Thomas, managing director of Searcys, said: “We are looking to continue our work into the next decade with an increased drive for sustainability across all venues, while celebrating the best of seasonal British produce and English sparkling wines.
“We will also look to create more experiential and innovative events and parties, with ‘surprise and delight’ moments.”
He added: “I would like to thank each and every member of Searcys team for their hard work and contribution.
“Together with our incredible team, we are looking forward to a new year of exciting partnerships and engaging customer events across all our iconic venues.”