Cadbury House wins top business award

A hospitality business that has its HQ in Congresbury, North Somerset has been recognised for its outstanding growth and ability to deliver significant profit.

Black & White Hospitality, which owns and operates out of Cadbury House, is headed by Nick Taplin who, alongside Marco Pierre White, has developed and grown a franchise business which currently includes 36 venues across the country.

The team were presented the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) South West award at a glittering ceremony held at the Bath Assembly Room on 4 May, where some of the region’s leading private equity and venture capital professionals were gathered.

With plans to reach 50 venues by the end of 2017, judges were impressed with what has been achieved through the ‘close entrepreneurial partnership’ between Taplin and Pierre White, awarding the fast growing business the coveted mid-market team award.

The awards are an annual celebration of UK companies supported by private equity and venture capital funds, produced in association with Grant Thornton UK LLP.  Black and White is backed by Downing.

Now in their ninth year, the BVCA Management Team Awards recognise and reward brilliant businesses up and down the country that are backed by UK private equity and venture capital investors.

The winners from the South West regional awards will now compete against businesses from across the UK at a gala dinner in London on 30 November.

Nick Taplin, CEO of Black & White Hospitality said: “We started off with three restaurants with Marco and whilst I knew this would be big, I never imagined it would grow as quickly as this.

“The chance to open a venue with the name of the UK’s greatest ever chef has clearly appealed to those within the hospitality sector.

“We now have five brands which gives venue owners and operators a fantastic selection depending on their venue and target audience.

“It’s this variety, alongside the Marco Pierre White name, that has appealed to those looking to establish a thriving restaurant business within their venue.

“Our aim is to now reach a half century of venues by the end of 2017 while international opportunities will add to the growth potential.”

Having just returned from three weeks in Australia and Singapore, Taplin added: “With roots firmly in Congresbury at Cadbury House and a home in the village of Wrington, we are currently looking at a number of overseas opportunities which will be overseen by our office at Cadbury House where it all started way back in April 2003.

“We had a dream and just kept on adding to it to where we are today. If you have a dream, passion and sheer determination you can achieve anything.”

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