Business Forum with Gareth Lloyd-Jones (M 80-84) - 17 June 2015

Over 40 Rugbeians and guests listened to Gareth Lloyd-Jones (M 80-84) speak about his career which started in the retail industry, he talked about how he used the disciplines learnt in his 20s developing a franchise business with 17 central London outlets, to later grow a nationwide chain of coffee houses, and two successful restaurant / pub businesses with multiple sites.

Gareth left Rugby School is 1984 to begin his career as an entrepreneur.  At the age of 19 he bought into the Tie Rack franchise, building up the largest franchise business within the group, operating from 17 central London locations.  Eleven years later Gareth turned his attention to the hospitality industry, coffee in particular.  Over two years he developed a national chain of 45 coffee bars known as Madison, eventually selling them in two separate deals to Starbucks Coffee and Out of Town Restaurants.

Restaurants and pubs followed with the acquisition of London-based Richoux Restaurants Ltd in 2000, and in 2001, The Bel and the Dragon Restaurants Ltd, an out of London pub/restaurant business. Both were sold as successful concerns for a substantial profit in 2006. 

Harnessing his expertise and experience of the leisure and restaurant industry, Gareth has worked as a non-executive director and corporate finance specialist advising management on the development and subsequent sales of high street chains such as Prezzo and Wagamama.

Today he is the founder of a group of independently operated London pubs including such well known names as The Canonbury Tavern, Islington and The Hansom Cab in Kensington. He is also Chairman of Buenos Aires Restaurants, a group of 8 Argentine steak houses.

Gareth has two sons, Alexander and Matthew, and is married to Emma-Clare, from whom he inherited three older step-children.  He lives near Henley-on-Thames.