Caterer Bartlett Mitchell has had its most successful year, picking up new business worth in excess of £42m in turnover over the duration of three- to five-year contracts.

It has also retained more than £3m in business this year.

The company said it won contracts with financial companies including Fidelity and Friends Life as well as the advertising and marketing agency Publicis.

Bartlett Mitchell acquired caterer Inn or Out events in November and it picked up a £3m contract with mobile phone network Three in July.

“Last year we focused on team development and food innovation so we had all the building blocks in place as we moved in to 2014 including a new team of development chefs.”

“We’ve also been delighted with our sustainability achievements in 2014, particularly our three-star rating from the SRA. This year has finished on an exciting note with our acquisition of Inn or Out Events. It adds another dimension to the services that the company can offer and demonstrates that we are in this business for the long term.”

Wendy Bartlett, chief executive of Bartlett Mitchell

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