GRIF provides a platform for concepts who are looking to internationalise their brand, expand their offering or simply launch their first venture.
Deal Den Judges
Between them these investors' have years of experience of investing in restaurants on a global scale.
Present your concept directly to our deal den judges live on stage who will evaluate the viability of your proposition, provide feedback on your concept and potentially offer finance or working partnerships if your concept is right for them.
Email Mala Patel to put forward your concept and pitch for potential investment.
Paul Campbell, Founder, Hill Capital Partners
Paul has been involved in the creation, development and sale of a number of the UK's most highly regarded leisure businesses.
In the 1990’s he founded, grew and successfully sold a 100 site sports facility and fitness club business, before joining the Board of PizzaExpress PLC. Following the sale of PizzaExpress in 2003 for £278m, he founded and floated restaurant developer The Clapham House Group PLC, later selling the business to Nando’s Group Holdings Limited.
Paul now runs a portfolio of investments through his own LLP, Hill Capital Partners – and also invests in and advises a number of private equity funds.
Paul is currently invested in and a Non-Executive Director or Chairman of several fast growing businesses in the hospitality sector including Hawksmoor, Tortilla, Vinoteca, The Alchemist, Gusto and Hickory’s. He is also an investor in and on the Boards of two hotel business, Halcyon Hotels and Resorts and Palladian Hotels and Resorts and is Chairman of urban fitness club operator Gymbox.
He is also a seed investor in several early stage restaurant and leisure businesses.
Sami Daud, Managing Director, Daud Group
Sami Daud is the Founder and Chairman of Gourmet Gulf, a leading food and beverage (F&B) company within the Daud Group. Established in 2006 and headquartered in Dubai, Gourmet Gulf is now one of the top three F&B companies operating in the Middle East.
An astute businessman with an eye for top quality, dynamic and unexpected food and dining experiences, Sami has added franchises to the Gourmet Gulf portfolio from around the world. These include: YO! Sushi, California Pizza Kitchen, Morelli’s Gelato and Hummingbird Bakery, Panda Express, Texas de Brazil, Azkadenya and Dalloyau.
Prior to Gourmet Gulf, Sami worked in a number of positions within the Daud Group, gaining experience in real estate, engineering, and F&B.
Martin Sherwood, Partner, Enterprise Investment Partners
Martin Sherwood has many years’ experience of small company fundraising and in particular the tax-efficient investment market, specialising in the Hospitality & Leisure Sectors. Martin is currently chairman of the four British Country Inns companies and of Halcyon Hotels and Resorts plc, which until recently was in joint venture with Luxury Family Hotels, which he helped launch 20 years ago. He has led the equity fund-raising for the Central London bar/restaurant group Imbiba in recent years and also funded the roll-out of CERU, the new Eastern Mediterranean casual dining brand. He was founder and head of Tax Efficient Solutions, first at Teather & Greenwood (1997-2004) and subsequently at Smith & Williamson (2004-2010), which he left to found Enterprise (www.enterprise-ip.com).
Martin has been closely involved in both Venture Capital Trusts and Enterprise Investment Schemes since their inception, and is a founder director of the EIS Association (www.eisa.org.uk), the official trade association of the EIS industry.
Martin works very closely with a wide range of Hospitality & Leisure entrepreneurs and has a significant network of investors and professional contacts as well as being a serial investor in his own right.