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BTC UK

About Us

History & Formation

About Us

The Birth of BTC UK

Category: History & Formation

Business Trading Company UK (BTC UK) is a holding and investment company, specialising in the hospitality and real estate sectors in the UK. Established in 2015, it is a subsidiary of Business Trading Company (BTC) – a leading holding and investment company in Qatar. BTC UK has a growing reputation as a source of growth capital for UK brands and a trusted partner for international expansion.

BTC UK specialises in hospitality and catering brands where investment can create significant value. It is dedicated to realising their full international potential, applying extensive financial and operational capabilities to support growth. Since entering the UK market, BTC UK has acquired a number of prominent hospitality brands. These include: SOHO Coffee Co., Apostrophe and Euphorium. BTC UK is also active in the real estate market and has acquired the iconic Bow Street Magistrates Court to create a world-class luxury boutique hotel.

Building Brands For The Future

BTC UK aims to be the leading source of growth capital for brands and assets with world-class potential. To achieve this, it works closely with brands and their management teams according to its core principles of reliability, knowledge and transparency. BTC UK believes in sustainable growth, driving increased value through sympathetic investment in what distinguishes individual brands as successful businesses. It aims to deliver tangible value through its investments for both the workforce and wider society.

BTC (Qatar)

Business Trading Company (BTC) is a holding and investment company headquartered in Doha (Qatar), with offices across the GCC. It specialises in developing and managing premium shopping centres, leisure and entertainment facilities, real estate and retail brands. With a wealth of expertise and experience, BTC has a proven track record in facilitating growth across the Middle East for brands such as Matalan, D&G and Jimmy Choo. Its ability to develop world-class real estate assets has led to the delivery of the Landmark Shopping Mall and Gulf Mall, amongst others, with the iconic Place Vendôme under construction.

Place Vendôme is a £1 billion, 10.7 million square feet, mixed-use development in Qatar’s Lusail City. The monumental project is set to complete in 2018, setting the benchmark for modern retail and leisure destinations in the region. BTC also holds franchises for numerous leading leisure and entertainment outlets, such as IMAX and Tuile Café. Since it was founded in 1997, BTC has consistently remained as one of the most innovative and ambitious investment firms in the Middle East, continually looking to deliver leading global brands to the region’s thriving retail community and iconic, ground-breaking developments.

The inception of BTC UK

Company History

Established in 2015, Business Trading Company UK (BTC UK) is a holding and investment company, specialising in the hospitality and real estate sectors in the UK.

Established in 2015

Established in 2015, it is a subsidiary of Business Trading Company (BTC) – a leading holding and investment company in Qatar. BTC UK has a growing reputation as a source of growth capital for UK brands and a trusted partner for international expansion.

Bow Street Magistrates Court 2016

Bow Street Magistrates Court was built in 1881 and is one of the most celebrated landmarks in British legal history.

BTC UK acquired the iconic, Grade II-listed, 90,000 sq ft building in 2016, with plans to turn it into one of the leading luxury boutique hotels in London. It is located in the heart of Covent Garden, directly opposite The Royal Opera House. BTC UK will work closely with English Heritage, Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police to deliver a hotel sensitive to the heritage and traditions of the building.

Made famous by Charles Dickens and his regular reports whilst a journalist in the court, it was also home to the Bow Street Runners; the city’s first professional police force and precursor to the Metropolitan Police.

SOHO Coffee Co. 2015

SOHO Coffee Co. is an artisan coffee shop chain that was established in 1999. After BTC UK’s acquisition of the company in 2015, it has expanded into Qatar, Portugal and Spain. SOHO Coffee Co. operates 38 stores worldwide (full stores, ‘to-go’ outlets and ‘coffee-only’ outlets) with over 200 staff.

Euphorium 2016

Euphorium was launched in 1999 on 202 Upper Street in Islington, London – a bakery that it still operates today – and sits at the heart of the British baking revolution. BTC UK acquired the brand’s 5 high street outlets and Islington production facility in 2016 from Tesco, with over 80 employees across the business.

Apostrophe 2016

Apostrophe is a London-based café, which was acquired by BTC UK in 2016. Established in 2001, Apostrophe was launched in Shoreditch (East London), with the aim of bringing the Parisienne café culture to the UK.

BTC UK aims to be the leading source of growth capital for brands and assets with world-class potential.

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How We Operate

Core Values

  • Leadership

  • Leadership

    We are diligent about realizing our vision to lead the industry and set standards in each area of our business. We are ready to take on challenges and develop our capabilities to create more value for our customers.

  • Excellence

  • Excellence

    We strive for excellence in every aspect of our business. We deploy top - notch technologies that enable us to make the best use of our expertise. We don’t only aim to meet quality standards; we also endeavor to surpass them. We firmly believe that our excellence is enhanced by the dedication and commitment of our people.

  • Social Responsibility

  • Social Responsibility

    We are committed to building and sustaining our community. We have various ongoing initiatives that cater for the welfare of our society. In addition, we are responsible for our employees’ welfare and improving it is one of our very highest priorities.

  • Interpersonal Understanding

  • Interpersonal Understanding

    We enjoy a multicultural environment. Our ethos centers around a core of mutual respect, trust and honesty which boosts team work among all employees of the group.

  • Professionalism

  • Professionalism

    Professionalism ensures our longevity in this dynamic business world. We believe that professional attitudes and behaviors create superior value for all our stakeholders and society at large.

  • Integrity

  • Integrity

    We endeavor to do the right thing in the right way. Our business decisions and actions are framed by ethical and moral values as well as legal requirements.

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