THE COACHING INN GROUP
The Coaching Inn Group (formerly Bulldog Hotel Group) secured a £4.5m investment from BGF to support its planned £20 million expansion across England. The Boston-headquartered business operates seven hotels is using the capital injection to double the number of properties in its portfolio over the next three to four years.
The Coaching Inn Group specialises in finding high quality coaching inns and revitalising their offer across food, drink and accommodation to attract tourists as well as local and business trade. The Group’s hotels are located across Yorkshire, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northampton, Gloucestershire and County Durham.
With BGF’s investment, founder and Managing Director, Kevin Charity, is acquiring properties in English market towns around the UK. To support the planned growth, Edward Walsh joined as Finance Director in early 2015 and became a shareholder in the business through an investment made by Commer Group. Andrew Guy, Ed’s Easy Diner CEO and Frankie & Benny’s founder, joined the business as non-executive chairman and brings more than 30 years’ experience operating pub, food and restaurant chains across Europe and the U.S.
The Coaching Inn Group was named as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015, an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK.
In October 2015, it was named Pub Company of the Year at the Eat Out Awards.
Mark joined BGF in October 2011 and is based in Birmingham. His main role is to identify and execute investment opportunities, and support our investee companies as they implement their growth plans.
Mark has nearly 20 years’ investing experience in the private equity and growth capital markets. His investment experience, gained initially at LDC and Barclays Ventures, has seen him involved in executing and managing over 50 transactions across a range of sectors. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, is a Chartered Accountant, and has a Management Science degree from Loughborough University.
Mark lives in the West Midlands, where he enjoys his passion for sport and playing the piano.
“At BGF, we feel immensely fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with many talented and hard-working entrepreneurial management teams and shareholders who are passionate about their business and wish to drive it forward to achieve greater success. My role is to offer support and encouragement to help make that happen.”
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