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Living Ventures

Investment April 2001

SectorConsumer and Leisure

Business Casual Dining

Growth StrategyRoll-Out

Why we invested

This was an opportunity to back the two highly regarded leisure entrepreneurs who had created The Living Room concept, Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts, in rolling out a modern, service-led brand on a national basis. The Living Room represented a highly differentiated offering with significant growth potential and was led by an exceptional operational team.

Increase in sites


The result

During the four years of our ownership, Living Ventures delivered strong growth in both sales and profits, increasing the number of sites from two to 15, including expanding into the London market. Two additional brands, Blackhouse Grill and Prohibition, were also developed.

In 2005, our investment was realised as part of a transaction with The Restaurant Group plc.

Bowmark were approachable and open. Even when there were difficult times, we achieved a positive outcome. Jeremy Roberts,Co-Founder

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