Wright & Bell is a London bar-restaurant concept that is parent-owned by Imbiba, a restaurant and leisure investment group with interests in Neil Rankin’s Temper Group, and Canova and Martello Halls in Brixton and Hackney. Founded by former leisure entrepreneurs, Imbiba has been investing in the UK leisure market for 20 years.
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London bar-restaurant concept Wright & Bell recently acquired Kingly Court-based venue Whyte & Brown.
The company plans to invest in the two-storey restaurant, launched in 2013 off Carnaby Street, as it seeks further acquisition opportunities in the centre of the capital.
Wright & Bell and parent firm Imbiba worked on the deal with lender ThinCats, which provided funding to support the transaction.
Sarah Clark, Wright & Bell’s managing director, said: “Kingly Court is an extremely popular and vibrant destination in central London and presents us with an excellent growth opportunity.
“We are excited to be acquiring the Whyte & Brown industry in such a thriving location.”
She added: “We look forward to evolving the offer and have a progressive vision of how this can sit within our portfolio and the current market place.”
Wright & Bell’s network already includes the Kitty Hawk and The Backroom Bar at South Place, Moorgate.
Simon Wheeler, CFO of investment firm Imbiba, said: “ThinCats were an obvious partner for us.
“They are one of the leading alternative finance providers for growing and ambitious SMEs and they really understand the sector.”
ThinCats’ London and South East business originator, Dave Sherrington, commented: “We were impressed by Imbiba and enjoyed working with them on this project.
“They have unparalleled sector experience, a strong track record in the market and an investment team that genuinely understands leisure businesses.”
ThinCats were an obvious partner for us. They are one of the leading alternative finance providers for growing and ambitious SMEs and they really understand the sector.