Merritt-Harrison Catering Consultancy focuses on the quantifiable delivery of financial and quality objectives for catering in Business & Industry, Government, Healthcare, Leisure and Education, developing cost-effective solutions that are tailored to each client’s specific needs.

The consultancy offers advice on financial and operational performance, catering strategy, option appraisals and feasibility studies, catering reviews, competitive tendering, quality monitoring, marketing, business development and design.

Matthew Merritt-Harrison has project managed major multi-site tenders, reviews and option appraisals, and has developed a range of IT tools for financial modelling, evaluation and monitoring.

The consultancy abides by the FCSI Code of Best Practice, and is completely independent of any supplier, contractor or other body that might cause any potential conflict of interest.


  • EAME


Matthew Merritt-Harrison’s experience in the catering industry spans more than forty years. After graduating from the University of Surrey in Hotel and Catering Administration, he held senior management roles in both operations and business development for a number of major catering contractors. During this time, he set up a fine dining division in London for a multinational caterer. Since becoming an independent consultant in 1995, Matthew has managed an extensive range of consultancy projects throughout the UK and in Europe, encompassing catering, cleaning, retail and other soft FM services. He also gained an MSc in International Hospitality Design and Management Consultancy. Matthew is a professional member, past chair and treasurer of the FCSI (UK&I). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and former chair of its audit committee. Matthew also holds membership of both the Hospital Caterers Association and the British Institute of Cleaning Science.

Market Segments

  • Business and Industry/Food Services
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Fine Dining
  • Government Services
  • Hospitals/Healthcare
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Primary & Secondary Schools
  • Residential Care
  • Retail
  • Tourism

Area Of Expertise

  • Accounting & Financial Controls
  • Business Strategy
  • Dietary & Nutrition
  • Distribution & Procurement
  • Energy & Environment
  • Finance Raising/Corporate Finance
  • Food Safety & Hygiene
  • ITT (Catering Business)
  • Management Recruitment & Development
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Menu & Recipe Development
  • Operating Procedure & Systems
  • Operating Review
  • Quality Management
  • Sustainability
  • Training

Food Facility Design

  • No

Management Advisory Services

  • Yes

Membership Grade

  • Professional


  • Consultant


  • Merritt-Harrison Catering Consultancy

Profile Title

  • Managing Partner



P.O. Box 309, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1WS, United Kingdom