Contract catering giant Sodexho has landed a seven-year, £140m contract to run catering, portering and maintenance operations at five Manchester hospitals.
The company is part of a consortium called Catalyst Healthcare, which is redeveloping the five hospitals through a five-year £380m private finance initiative (PFI) project.
Sodexho's contract is worth £20m a year, with the catering element running for seven years initially.
The hospitals, which come under the Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust, will all open in 2009, with a staff of 10,000.
by Nic Paton
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