Heritage Portfolio, the specialist events and catering company within Sodexo Live!, has announced it has retained five Scottish venues following a series of competitive tenders, as it celebrates its 30th birthday this month.

Founded in 1993, with its headquarters in Edinburgh, and acquired by Sodexo Live! in 2017, Heritage Portfolio provides outstanding catering and events services at some of Scotland’s most iconic and prestigious venues, with further sites across Britain. As it marks its third decade it has recently retained and extended partnerships with:

  • V&A Dundee – two-year extension
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – two-year extension
  • Dundas Castle – three-year extension
  • Musselburgh Racecourse – seven-year extension
  • Mansfield Traquair – two-year extension

 

Sandy Robson, Executive Director for Heritage Portfolio said:

What a way to start our 30th birthday celebrations by retaining over 15 years’ worth of business across five of our venues in Scotland.

The whole team and I are delighted with these successes and are excited by what we can achieve in years to come as we work collaboratively with our partners to deliver exceptional service for our visitors and guests.

I would like to thank all of our venue partners, some of which we have worked with for more than 20 years.

As we bring to life development plans in the coming year, we’ll invest across the portfolio in initiatives and venue facilities that prioritise the experience of our customers.

Further information on each venue partner retention and its relationship with Heritage Portfolio:

V&A Dundee
Heritage Portfolio has been providing catering services at the museum since opening in 2018 and has this year invested to transform the restaurant space with a new style of offering that emphasises our cook from scratch and seasonal principles, better suited to the needs of the visitors. The design led approach saw Heritage Portfolio work with Scottish designers and makers to create a bespoke lighting installation, refurbish and enhance existing furniture and use Scottish materials to create features and points of interest. 

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The recent competitive tender has seen Heritage Portfolio secure a retention of two years, meaning its long-standing relationship with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo now marks 15 years. In addition to the existing services it provided as Hospitality Partner for the Royal Gallery, in 2023 Heritage Portfolio also looked after catering for the 650 performers on the esplanade. This saw 12,500 post show snacks, 3,000 hot meals and 25,000 hot drinks served across the three-week run. 

Dundas Castle 
Heritage Portfolio has been the exclusive partner of Dundas Castle for more than 20 years where they cater for more than 60 weddings a year. As well as a five-star wedding and events venue, Dundas Castle is the home of the Stewart-Clark family. As part of this partnership retention, Heritage Portfolio will be investing further in Dundas and it’s already impressive facilities. 

Musselburgh Racecourse
As part of the new contract Heritage Portfolio will invest significantly in the race day experience in partnership with the venue. This will include spectator infrastructure, hospitality spaces, staff facilities, technology and the public bar operation.  Heritage Portfolio has been working with Musselburgh Racecourse since 1999 and the investment will begin over the coming winter months.

Mansfield Traquair
Mansfield Traquair is another venue partner of Heritage Portfolio’s for more than 20 years, where they manage all events and are responsible for sales. As part of the extension, investment will include a new bar and an upgrade to the kitchen equipment.

 

Christian Moire, Operations Director, V&A Dundee, said:

It’s great to extend our partnership with Heritage Portfolio for another two years.

Feedback from our guests is incredibly positive, even more so since the new Tatha bar & kitchen launched. Heritage Portfolio puts the customer at the heart of everything it does, and this is evidenced in the experience, food and feedback we receive.

In Tatha we have created an environment where design meets food.

 

Bill Farnsworth, General Manager, Musselburgh Racecourse, said:

It’s been such a pleasure to work with Heritage Portfolio for the last 24 years and we all look forward to this continuing.

They share our vision of creating the best experience possible for everyone that comes through the doors at the racecourse.

The investment once completed will take this to the next level and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on the raceday experience.

 

To mark its 30th birthday, Heritage Portfolio hosted a party at the Signet Library in Edinburgh last night (29th November), another one of its venue partners. This was attended by over 150 guests where they recognised the milestone and looked to the future, while enjoying excellent service and some wonderful food.

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A division of Sodexo Live!, Heritage Portfolio is a leading provider of hospitality and catering for cultural destinations. It serves some of the most prestigious venues across Britain, delivering amazing experiences that go beyond the remarkable food it creates. In 2013, Heritage Portfolio was granted a Royal Warrant for services to catering from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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