Renowned hotelier Robin Hutson has been appointed non-executive chairman of Belstaff, the British retail brand owned by a major owner shareholder of the Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels.
Hutson has been appointed following Belstaff’s acquisition by INEOS, a privately owned multinational chemicals company, in November 2017, which saw the brand back under British ownership.
The CEO of INEOS is Jim Ratcliffe, who is a major shareholder in Hutson’s iconic hotel companies, which includes the five-star Limewood and the ‘Piggy’ litter of five properties, across the south west.
Huston comments: “INEOS is excited at the acquisition of this iconic British brand and sees great potential to revitalise and grow the business. There is enormous depth of talent and passion within the Belstaff management team and the company’s long standing and valued suppliers. We aim to support and empower this talent with the required level of investment over the years ahead.”
INEOS completed the acquisition of the Belstaff Group, which is close to 100 years of heritage, from JAB Luxury GmbH, on the 30th November.
Hutson is known for founding the influential Hotel du Vin group in 1994 and then went on to be non executive director and executive chairman at Soho House Group alongside Nick Jones for 14 years.
The Pig Hotel has become one of the most respected and popular boutique brands in the country, with more expected to come this year from the group.