Overall ranking: 23 (new entry)
Hotelier ranking: 3 (new entry)
As chairman, Robin Sheppard has grown Bespoke Hotels, alongside chief executive Haydn Fentum, into one of the largest privately owned hotel groups in the UK. The business was launched in 2001 to manage and inject value into the often overlooked regional mid-market hotel sector. Today, Bespoke has burgeoned into a business that, while predominately focused on UK hotel management (with such stellar properties as the five-red-AA-star, 80-bedroom Chester Grosvenor), is represented in 18 countries, with hotels as far-flung as Barbados, Ukraine and Australia. In total, the company represents more than 200 hotels, with 9,000 employees and £1.5b worth of assets under management or marketing agreements. Recently, Bespoke has taken a financial stake in a small number of properties, including one of its most high profile to date, the 60-bedroom Hotel Gotham in Manchester, which it operates under a 30-year lease with building company Marshall CDP.
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