This company’s 14 pubs, hotels and restaurants across central Scotland include Edinburgh’s popular Rutland Hotel and the city’s Badger & Co bar. Director Nic Wood, 44, started the business in 2003 after working in the watering holes of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, which is home to another of the group’s sites, the Black Bull. The group expanded outside Edinburgh for the first time in 2015, with the acquisition of a pub in St Andrews. Sales grew to £13.5m last year, when it acquired a further nine venues, including its biggest deal yet, buying five pubs — three of them in Glasgow — from Tennents.
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