Our Values

Who We Are

CGC Event Caterers is a long-established caterer with a distinctive British identity. With decades of experience, we have built a reputation for great food, attentive service, and craftsmanship. You can expect nothing less with us having been in the business for over 120 years.

Our Values


We know that food and beverage is a creative discipline, which is why we will always inspire creativity throughout our team, our culture and our offering. We are groundbreaking in our solutions and never accept the norm.


We are honest, down-to-earth and straight-talking. We are happy to have difficult conversations in order to benefit the contract, the client, our team and the guests. We believe in getting things done in a way that maintains integrity and focus.


We are naturally curious because it leads to continual improvement. We recognise that a great idea can come from every part of our business, which is why we constantly encourage, listen to, review and activate new ideas.

Our History

Our journey began in 1896, and over the past century, we've grown and evolved alongside the events industry. Explore our timeline below to discover the key milestones that have shaped CGC into the company it is today.


Craven Gilpin and Sons establish a catering business at The Mansion, Roundhay Park.


The company’s first marquee wedding was catered for in Gledhow. 3 miles from The Mansion, everything is transported by horse and cart for the wedding breakfast of Beatrice & Ernest Burrows.


CGC’s largest catering contract commences at York Racecourse.


Start of concessions portfolio.


First Paris Air Show contract.


A Management Buy-In prompts a name change, and the business becomes CGC Events.


First Large Scale Conference/Exhibition Centre – Yorkshire Events Centre.


First football stadium contract – Stockport County F.C.


CGC Events is acquired by SMG Europe, the worldwide leader in venue management.


First Wedding venue – Sun Pavilion.


First Theatre – Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall.


SMG merges with AEG Facilities to create ASM Global; the world’s leading venue management and services company.


First arena/live music – The University of Wolverhampton at The Halls.