Leading leisure and hospitality industry procurement specialist Regency Purchasing Group has been appointed to develop the food on offer at some of the UK’s top attractions.
Regency has been confirmed by the management committee of BALPPA, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions, as its approved food purchasing group.
The two-year deal will enable Regency the opportunity to meet and present to well-known large UK attractions. Alton Towers, Legoland Windsor, West Midlands Safari Park, the London Eye and Brighton Pier who are all existing members within this Association. The opportunity will also extend to the Balppa sub groups leisure attractions, which include Indoor Play Centres & Family Entertainment Centres, Zoos and bowling centres.
With more than 30 years’ experience and strong relationships with key suppliers, the Regency Group can typically save BALPPA members 15% on their food and drink purchasing cost.
The Group can also use its purchasing power to secure significant savings on cleaning & sundries, coffee, utilities and facilities.
One customer who has benefitted from the Regency Group’s purchasing power said his leisure business saved £37,000 in just one category that Regency reviewed for them.
Ben Hoskin, Regency’s National Sales Manager, said the West-based organisation was delighted to be formally appointed by BALPPA.
He said: “We are excited at the prospect of working with suppliers to develop the hospitality offering at, not only at some of the biggest and best-known attractions in the country, but to all of BALPPA’s
leisure parks, piers, zoos, family entertainment centres (indoor play and soft play centres) and other visitor attractions.
“We have worked with BALPPA and their members for seven years. This deal is formalising that work, and means we will now be more involved in the strategy and development of the food and beverage offer moving forward.
“We have already engaged key brands such as Walls Ice Cream, Britvic and Mars, who have all committed to getting involved.”
He added: “It works well with us also owning the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, because we do what our members do every day, which makes it easier to share operational practice as well as our wider, renowned expertise in procurement.”
BALPPA has more than 300 members, and the new deal with Regency will give the purchasing group the chance to work with some or all of these attractions.
BALPPA Chief Executive Paul Kelly said: “BALPPA is delighted to confirm that our long standing relationship with Regency has developed into a commercial partnership.
“We look forward to working with the Regency team over the next two years to help our members and our association to make the most of food purchasing opportunities.”