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The Alliance in Partnership group of companies which includes the Contract Dining Company and Class Catering Services, has been acquired by Sodexo, the world leader in quality of life services.

Following the acquisition, it is still ‘business as usual’ for AiP’s 418 school customers and 1,500 staff. AiP will continue to operate independently with managing director Paul Rogers continuing to lead the business from our Birmingham head office.

Paul will join a newly formed operational board which, with Sodexo’s managing director for government schools, Matt Garner, 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.

Paul Rogers said: 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.

Andrew Wilkinson, CEO schools and universities, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to welcome the talented and dynamic AiP team to Sodexo. The AiP impressive client base 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.”