Hotel du Vin founder Robin Hutson, 60, launched this business in 2011 when he opened the Pig, a shabby chic, country-house hotel in the New Forest. There are now five Pig properties in southern England, mostly in period buildings in rural locations, which are known for their informal luxury and home-grown seasonal food. High average occupancy rates of above 90% at all locations helped sales hit £17.1m last year. The group plans to open two additional sites, in Sussex and Kent, in 2018. The Hampshire-based business is backed by Jim Ratcliffe, 65, the billionaire founder and owner of chemicals giant Ineos, who owns a 50% stake.
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