Smart Group buys Moving Venue

Catering and venue company Smart Group has completed a bolt-on acquisition of Moving Venue, which will trade as Moving Venue by Smart.

Smart Group buys Moving Venue
Smart Group buys Moving Venue

Moving Venue by Smart will keep its brand identity and remain as a separate trading division.

The team structure, offices and logistic services at Moving Venue will be un-affected by the purchase and the business will continue to be overseen and directed for a minimum of three years by founder and managing director, Richard Beggs.

The deal will mean that clients of Moving Venue will be able to benefit from the range of event services provided by Smart Group including Christmas Party venues, corporate hospitality services and a creative event design service.

The acquisition will see Smart Group employ a team of more than 50 staff at its Manchester and London offices, with a combined turnover on live events, catering, corporate hospitality and Christmas parties in excess of £20m. The acquisition will create a catering division with a combined turnover in excess of £12m a year. 

Greg Lawson, CEO of Smart Group, said: "This is a sector of the market that we have had great ambition to enter; the acquisition is enormously complimentary and gives us an opportunity to add our Smart by Angela Hartnett brand to the existing offering. Moving Venue is a market leader in this segment and was the natural partner. Our two businesses share many of the same values which can only help in our goal to become the UK's most respected catering and creative events organisation." 

Richard Beggs, managing director of Moving Venue by Smart, commented: "This is a really exciting time for us as we join forces with one of the brightest and most innovative companies in the events and hospitality sector. 

"It will give us greater dining creativity, a presence in new markets such as corporate hospitality and equally will give Greg an established brand with the legacy of 30 years invaluable experience across the museum and heritage sector. This is definitely mutually beneficial and everyone is excited at the opportunities it brings."

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