Mehdi joined BTC in 2014, masterminding its launch in the UK market.
Having overseen the initial acquisition of SOHO Coffee Co, he developed
it into a holding company. This facilitated the acquisitions of Euphorium
Bakery and Apostrophe Restaurants; high quality hospitality brands that
fit perfectly within the BTC Hospitality portfolio.
Since then, Mehdi has launched BTC UK’s real estate investment platform,
announced to the market with the acquisition of the iconic Bow Street
Magistrates Court in the heart of London.
Looking ahead, Mehdi will continue to oversee operations in the UK,
guiding the group’s deployment of capital to quality, promising brands,
together with unique real estate opportunities to deliver world-class
hotels to the UK. As BTC UK develops, Mehdi will manage the process of
strengthening both strands of the business, creating a trusted source of
growth capital for exciting brands and hotels.
BTC UK Managing Director
Chris’s career in hospitality started back in 1980 when he joined
Sutcliffe Catering rising through the ranks to Group Finance
Director. On its sale to Granada in 1993 he was appointed Finance
Director of Granada Food Services before taking over as Managing
Director of Little Chef & Travelodge after the acquisition of Forte
in 1997. Upon the subsequent merger with Compass he became Managing
Director Compass Roadside Division which also included Moto Services
and Harry Ramsden’s. He subsequently became Managing Director of SSP
UK & International Development before transferring to head up the
Compass UK & Ireland Business & Industry Division. In 2006 Chris
decided to take up the challenge alongside Penny Manuel of acquiring
and developing Soho Coffee Co. from a small Cheltenham business into
the international organisation it has become today. BTC’s acquisition
of SOHO in 2015 was the springboard to accelerate business growth
particularly in London and from this base build a new group of high
quality, artisan, challenger brands in our chosen retail hospitality
BTC Hospitality Investments Chief Executive Officer
Andrew is a chartered accountant with approaching 15 years
professional services and capital markets experience. He joined
BTC Hospitality as Finance Director in September 2016, with
overall responsibility for building and strengthening the group’s
finance function – people, systems, processes and reporting – to
support and control the rapidly growing UK F&B operation.
In addition to F&B, Andrew has wider financial and strategic
oversight responsibilities at the BTC UK holding company level,
and is working with the group’s Qatari shareholder to establish
its corporate office in the UK.
Prior to joining BTC Hospitality, Andrew was a Senior Manager
with Ernst & Young in London, where he worked in the financial
due diligence team for 5½ years across a number of sectors
including F&B. He originally trained and qualified at PwC in
2010. Earlier in his career, as a graduate, Andrew worked as a
corporate finance analyst at New Boathouse Capital.
Andrew graduated from Bath University in 2004 with a degree
in Economics & Politics.
BTC UK Finance & Investment Director
Penny is part of the original entrepreneurial partnership who
acquired SOHO Coffee Co. in August 2006. SOHO courses through
Penny’s veins and she has been the very proud parent of the
business, being instrumental in its development over the last
10 years to the brand it is today.
Graduating with Honours in Hospitality, Penny has worked for
blue chip companies including Sainsburys, Compass Group and
SSP UK. Starting in Operations, Penny diversified into Marketing
and prior to acquiring SOHO was Brand Director for SSP UK.
Opting to test whether she could be successful under her own
steam, Penny accepted the challenge from Chris Copner to go
into partnership and together they have grown the business
from the 4 stores in the south-west it comprised in 2006 to
a global business of 40 stores in 2017.
Managing Director of SOHO
Guy graduated from Exeter University with a BA Business
Management Degree before joining SOHO Coffee Co. in 2009 and
becoming Manager of the original Cambray Place Store in
Cheltenham. In 2012 Guy progressed to manage the flagship
SOHO in Cabot Circus and in 2015 led the ‘Soho to Go’ initiative.
Although still an operator at heart, Guy is now focused on the
acquisition of new sites for SOHO, Apostrophe and Euphorium.
This involves all aspects of pipeline development, due diligence,
financial appraisal and overseeing the legal processes. Guy is
also responsible for managing the rapidly expanding property
portfolio across the BTC Hospitality Group and is studying part
time at Reading University for an MSC in Real Estate to enhance
his professional development.
Outside work Guy is an experienced triathlete and is training for
his first full distance Ironman event this summer and is getting
married to Karina in October.
BTC Hospitality Investments Property & Acquisitions Manager
Ijaz joined the business in February 2017. He has 20 years of experience
working in food manufacturing and F&B hospitality industries. Ijaz is
a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and is a
Chartered Global Management Accountant.
He has responsibility and oversight of all core business accounting and
finance for Soho, Apostrophe, Euphorium and BTCH Investments. This includes
implementing and developing new systems, producing financial statements,
developing the finance teams and supporting operations in EBITDA generation.
Prior to joining BTCH Group, Ijaz worked for Associated British Foods plc,
Fletchers Bakeries, Kout Food Group and Greencore plc in variety of senior
reporting, business partnering and commercial finance roles.
Ijaz lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young children. He is a
lifelong Manchester United supporter.
BTC Hospitality Investments Finance Director