Tony Laurenson is back in the Hot 100 for the second year running with Global Infusion Group, the international catering firm he founded in 1991.The company has been busy over the past year, dishing up tasty fare for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Ian Brown and Take That while they complete their gruelling worldwide tours.
The firm turned over £6.9m last year, making £281,000 profit, but growth is set to slow in 2008 as Laurenson concentrates on his US operation, Eat to the Beat, and opens further offices in the Middle and Far East. Full-time staff numbers have doubled to 32, but up to 400 contractors are working on events at any time.
Laurenson’s highlight this year was winning Total Production magazine’s Favourite Caterer award for the fifth time in a row, much to the chagrin of his competitors. “We’re the only company that’s won more than three times,” he says. “We’re out to be shot down now!” But the MD’s not fazed. His company has toured with rock star Marilyn Manson, Reverend of the “Church of Satan”. Surprisingly, Manson did not include bat’s blood and raw entrails in his rider. “He likes plain American food,” says Laurenson.