Group Business Development Director, Smart Group
Richard had a peripatetic early career in bars, the wine trade and as a directors’ dining room chef, before working for a medium size special event caterer in the City. He started his own catering company, Richard Groves Catering & Events in 1987. 13 years later after building a large portfolio of venues and clients, he merged with two of his clients, Business Pursuits and the Ultimate Experience, to form the Concerto Group.
Over the next decade , RGC&E was rebranded as create food and party design which was voted in the top three most influential catering companies in London with turnover growing on average £1 million per year and peaking at over £14 million.
Richard joined the Smart Group in June 2014 as Group New Business Development Director, working across the Smart portfolio and particularly venue catering specialist Moving Venue and hospitality and outside event caterer - Smart Hospitality.
Richard is a past President of ILEA, (formerly the International Special Event Society, ISES),and is a London & Partners Ambassador.