New leadership team for Global Infusion Group
Bonnie May, previously GIG’s global operations director, takes on the role of CEO and Richard Duff joins the company as managing director as the business emerges from the pandemic.
Global Infusion Group was ranked 69, one position higher than its previous rating, in the SME Export Track 100 which ranks the UK’s private, small and medium sized businesses with the fastest growing international sales. It is produced by Fast Track, a firm that researches Britain’s top-performing private companies.
Fast Track said events caterer GIG had grown exports by 44% during the past two years.
GIG’s entry reads: “Foodies feasted on this company’s bespoke canapés when it helped launch the Michelin Guide for Shanghai in the Chinese city last year. Its chefs have catered for touring pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Coldplay, as well as at a host of international sports events, including the Rio Olympics. Thanks to offices in California, Shanghai and Dubai, overseas sales rose to £8.6m in 2015. Managing director Tony Laurenson, 58, founded the Buckinghamshire firm in 1984.”
Based in Chesham, Bucks, GIG is one of the UK’s leading catering, logistics and brand support companies which received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2014 in recognition of its export performance.
Commenting on GIG’s latest Fast Track ranking Tony Laurenson said: “Our business continues to go from strength to strength and this accolade once again recognises the fantastic effort of all the team at GIG who have worked so hard to develop our overseas operations. We are continuing to grow our company’s global reach by offering our high quality services to global brands and production companies, many of whom we began by supplying in the UK and Europe.”
GIG work in the Live Events sector where they provide high quality international catering services and support to Global Touring, Music, Film & TV, Sports Events and Automotive Brands Roadshows.
Laurenson singled out his two main Operations Directors Mary Shelley-Smith and his partner Bonnie May and their teams for their sterling efforts to consolidate GIG’s position on the international stage. Last month GIG received another top accolade when they won the national Festival Supplier Award 2017 for Best Crew/Artist Catering – the second time in three years they have taken the title.
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