Apex Hotels


Apex Hotels is an Edinburgh –based company that operates a collection of contemporary four-star city-centre hotels, mostly in Edinburgh and London. The privately-owned  company was founded by Edinburgh entrepreneur Norman Springford and other fami


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THE 2010s



THE 1990s

  • November 1998 The Apex International and Apex European hotels join the Consort Hotels Group, a 240-strong marketing consortium. 
  • August 1998 The 66-bedroom Apex European hotel opens in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh’s West End.
  • Early 1998 Signalling a change in direction, the company refurbishes the Apex International to four-star standards and adds 51 more bedrooms.
  • September 1997 Springford secures the derelict office building in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh that becomes the 66-bedroom Apex European. 
  • June 1997 The new company name, Apex Hotels, is revealed.
  • March 1997 Springford reveals plans to convert a derelict office block into his second hotel. Built by GA Construction, the Apex European will be a ‘new and improved version of the first’ with 70 bedrooms, two suites, a gym and a 70-seat restaurant.
  • October 1996 The Apex International opens its new £400,000 conference centre, Conference Exchange, which can seat 200 people in the main auditorium. 
  • April 1996 The company opens its first hotel, the 120-bedroom three-star Apex International, in Grassmarket, Edinburgh. It brings Edinburgh its first budget lodge and its first rooftop restaurant.
  • 1995 Edinburgh businessman Norman Sprinford buys the derelict Heriot-Watt University Mountbatten building in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area via his pub business, Arrow Leisure. He spends £6m and 10 months converting it into the city’s first budget-style hotel with 99 bedrooms.

Key People:

Executive chairman and founder Norman Springford
Directors Dorothea Springford, Ian Springford , David Springford, Joan Springford
Managing director Angela Vickers
Revenue director Paul Sault
Group operations director Yousif Al-Wagga
Environment director Jo Harbisher

Operating Data:

Total number of hotels 8
Total number of bedrooms More than 1,143
Employees More than 700

London (3)
Apex City of London, Seething Lane near Tower Hill
Apex London Wall, Copthall Avenue near Moorgate
Apex Temple Inn, Serjeants’ Inn, Fleet Street

Edinburgh (4)
Apex International , Grassmarket
Apex City, Grassmarket
Apex European, Haymarket
Apex Waterloo Place, Princes Street

Dundee (1)
Apex City Quay

Financial Snapshot:

Year to 30 April 2013

Turnover £50.6m (+21%)
Profits £7m (+25%)


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