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Catering Services in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Catering Services Market Research Report | SIC I56.210 | Feb 2017

Catering to competition: Operators have been diversifying their services to generate demand

IBISWorld’s Catering Services market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Catering Services industry has recovered over the past five years after demand went stale in the aftermath of the economic downturn. The industry began the five-year period at a relatively low base and weak consumer and business confidence weighed on demand in key downstream markets. Although the industry began to recover in 2011-12, greater economic uncertainty during the following year dragged industry revenue back into decline as businesses continued to cut back on catered events such as corporate seminars and product launches. In recent years, a stronger economy has enabled consumers to grow in confidence, which has boosted demand for higher value catering services. Businesses have benefited from higher revenue, which has also supported profitability... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Catering services are used by a wide range of business and consumers and as a result, the clustering of establishments generally reflects the distribution of disposable income and business activity across the country. The latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that establishments are more concentrated in the South East corner of the United Kingdom.


London accounts for the largest proportion of industry establishments, with an estimated 20.5% being located in the area. London is the second most populous region in the United Kingdom and it also has the highest amount of economic activity, as many businesses are located in the capital. Thi.. purchase to read more


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What is the Catering Services Industry?

The industry includes businesses engaged in the provision of catering services for one-off events such as weddings, private parties and corporate functions. The industry excludes the provision of contracted catering on an ongoing basis.

Industry Products
Corporate functionsWeddingsPrivate functions
Industry Activities
Catering for weddingsCatering for private partiesCatering for corporate functionsCatering for product and shop launchesCatering for office parties

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