Bill Holroyd CBE


Bill studied Hotel Management at Courtfield College in Blackpool. Realising that hotel management was not for him he joined Trusthouse Forte’s supply division where he stayed for eight years, ending up setting up and running their national distribution network.


In 1982 he left THF to set up his own foodservice distribution company, Holroyd Meek.  From a standing start, by 1994 the company had a turnover of £190m serving over 7,000 restaurants across the UK . In 1995 Booker acquired the company and Bill started his own investment company.


Between 1995 and 2015 he has invested in over 20 start-up and second stage  companies.  Major successes have been Millies Cookies, Positive Solutions, and AO World.


In 2008 Bill set up OnSide Youthzones, a charity providing safe and inspiring, state-of-the-art facilities for young people in their leisure time. Six Youth Zones are now completed with a further fourteen in process.  At present over 20,000 young people are regular users of the Youth Zones. In 2013 Bill was awarded the CBE and in 2015 he will be High Sheriff for Cheshire.


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