Bolton Terminate Heathcote & Co Catering Contract

  • May 21, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Quantuma, the administrators for Bolton Whites Hotel, have terminated a long-standing contract with catering partners with Heathcote & Co.

A report by The Bolton News on Tuesday afternoon reveals the hotel are looking to bring hospitality services 'in-house', as those in charge look to reduce costs and make the business profitable as a long-term venture.

175 full and part-time staff are said to be employed by Heathcote & Co, many of whom continued to work through the temporary closure of the hotel between May 1 and May 15.

Speaking to the local newspaper, Andrew Hosking, a partner for Quantuma, said: "The priority of the administrators is to ensure the best outcome for stakeholders.

"We will be working with the management team to assist the hotel to return to short term profitability.

"To assist with this exercise the administrators have scrutinised the existing financial commitments of the hotel.

"It has become apparent that the existing contract for the provision of catering is not aligned to the objectives of the administrators and as such, the decision has been made to bring the provision of high-quality catering in house in the interest of the hotel and the creditors."

Paul Heathcote, co-owner of Heathcote & Co, confirmed he is to seek legal advice over the termination, whilst also believing it is within the responsibilities of the administrator to ensure job losses are kept to an absolute minimum.

"Late yesterday we were issued with a withdrawal of services notice from Walker Morris solicitors and because it was so late in the day it gave us little time to react.

"As a consequence we unfortunately were unable to communicate with our people successfully because of the lack of information which was available at the time.

"We believe our staff are being transferred over via TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) to Quantuma who appear to be taking the catering services in-house as far as we can assess.

"Given the national publicity and public gaze the aim of the administrator now must be to make sure that people who have been gainfully employed looking after the business and hotel contract for the last six years have their rights protected.

"It is unfortunate that no consultation took place. Again, a lack of communication has been sorely evident."

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