The top three most influential catering companies
After a peripatetic early career in bars, the wine trade and as a directors’ dining room chef, Richard worked with a medium size special event caterer in the City for a couple of years. After poaching one of their chefs, Richard started his own catering company, Richard Groves Catering & Events in 1987. 13 years later after building a large portfolio of venues and clients, he merged with two of his clients, Business Pursuits and the Ultimate Experience, to form the Concerto Group. Over the next decade under his stewardship, RGC&E was rebranded as create food and party design, which was voted in the top three most influential catering companies in London and turns over £12 million per annum.
The President of Events
Richard is a past President of the International Special Event Society, (ISES), a London & Partners Ambassador and personally champions staff training and skills, food sourcing and promoting excellence and creativity in catering for private and corporate events.
Richard joined the Smart Group in 2014 as Group New Business Development Director.