Jeremy Roberts to discuss Graphite Capital's acquisition of New World Trading Company for £50m

Living Ventures Group (LV) CEO Jeremy Roberts, who alongside the late Tim Bacon launched the New World Trading Company (NWTC) in 2011, will be joining the speakers’ roster at this month’s CGA Peach Future of Finance & Development seminar in London.

Roberts will discuss mid-market private equity firm, Graphite Capital’s, acquisition of the fast-growing pub and restaurant business, NWTC, in a £50 million transaction.

The LV CEO will explain how the group is continuing to evolve its hub-and-spoke business model to develop and spin-off concepts, give opportunities to young entrepreneurs and attract outside investment.

NWTC now operates 14 pub/restaurants nationally under five sub brands: The Botanist, The Oast House, Smugglers Cove, The Trading House and The Club House.

Graphite initiated the acquisition process with an off-market bid for NWTC. The principal vendors were Living Ventures, Hill Capital and LDC, which held a minority stake in the business.

NWTC’s former chairman, Tim Bacon, of Living Ventures very sadly died recently after a long fight with cancer. Jeremy Roberts commented, “It is particularly bitter sweet for me personally to be announcing this news today. Tim was extremely proud of the business model we have created at Living Ventures and this transaction was the last deal we were working on together. It is so sad that he is not here to share it with me. But I know he would be delighted with the achievement and I know he was pleased with the home that NWTC is going to. Graphite have acquired a great business and, in Chris Hill, have secured the services of one of the brightest of our prodigies.”

Roberts will join Café Rouge founder, former Spirit Group CEO and sector investor Karen Jones CBE as a headline speaker at this year’s invitation-only event at Kings Place, London, on June 23.

Jones remains heavy involved in the sector as chair of Hawksmoor, a board member at Corbin & King, both linked to Graphite Capital, and through her own Food & Fuel pub and café business and will be sharing her views on the market and how to successfully navigate both the entrepreneurial and corporate worlds.

Also on the programme is Deliveroo’s UK managing director Dan Warne, who will be discussing the opportunities and economics of the current delivery boom.

Sarah Fox, head of speciality leasing at Hammersons, and Camilla Topham, director, development and London Estates leasing, at Davis Coffer Lyons will explain the changing property and retail landscape and the openings for food and drink operators, while ALMR’s chief executive Kate Nicholls will map out the political landscape, especially as it relates to property, investment and development.

How fast-changing technologies will the public’s future spending habits will be the topic for discussion for Barclaycard’s Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives James McDonald, while CGA Peach director Jamie Campbell will provide the backdrop to the day with an analysis of latest sector sales, consumer spending and development hotspots data.

The day will be chaired by CGA Peach’s Peter Martin.

The invitation-only event is being held at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London. Proceedings start at 2pm. The audience will be made up of chief executives, finance directors and investors from both established and emerging food and drink businesses.

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