This is our heritage

Modern Compass history started in 1941 with a man called Jack Bateman, who had a vision and a belief that great food, great service and great experience have the power to not only improve how businesses run, but to transform anyone’s day. 
While the decades rolled on and our company transformed a number of times, that belief still holds true for us today. 


Factory Canteens and the war

In 1941, with the world at war, food rations tight and circumstances poor, Jack Bateman happens upon the idea that – like the soldiers they are supporting – factory workers also need to be fed well. Enter Factory Canteens Ltd, and a new era of communal dining, focused on providing tasty, well-cooked food that improves the health and wellbeing of British workers. 

3 tea ladies at a Factory Canteens, ca 1941

Grand Met Catering Services

In 1967 Factory Canteens (renamed Bateman Catering, meanwhile) and Midland Catering are taken over by food conglomerate Grand Metropolitan (now known as Diageo) and are re-established as Grand Met Catering Services. 


Eurest in Belgium

Eurest is launched in Belgium as a subsidiary of Eurest International. 


GrandMet out & stocks up

In 1984, Grand Met Catering Services becomes Compass Contract Services.
Three years later, in 1987, Compass Group is subject to a management buy-out, securing its independence from Grand Metropolitan. The following year, the company is floated on the London Stock Exchange.


Eurest becomes Compass

Eurest International is acquired by Compass Group PLC 


Top Employer

Compass Group Belgium becomes certified Top Employer 


Top Employer again

For the second year running, Compass Group Belgium is certified Top Employer 


Xandrion launch

Compass Group Belgium launches a new purchase platform for food services entrepreneurs, called Xandrion.


Gourmet Invent

Compass Group Belgium acquires 100% of top event caterer Gourmet Invent.


Event caterer Amalthea joins Compass Group Belgium.


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