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Grand Metropolitan Hotels

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1972 Share Certificate.

1934 M.R.M.A. was incorporated as a private company to run the Mount Royal Hotel in London[1]

1957 Max Joseph purchased the Mount Royal Hotel at Marble Arch, London for £1 million. Formed Grand Hotels (Mayfair) Ltd with associates.

1959 Name of the Mount Royal was changed to Mount Royal Ltd

1961 Public company incorporated

1962 Acquired Grand Hotels (Mayfair) Ltd. Name of the group was changed to Grand Metropolitan Hotels Ltd when chairman Maxwell Joseph decided the group had much wider interests and there was scope for further expansion[2].

1967 it moved into the industrial catering business with Bateman Catering

1969 Acquired Express Dairies

1970 Acquired Berni Inns

1972 Acquired Watney Mann

Mid 70s: the group had become so diverse it was known as Grand Metropolitan


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 16, 1962
  2. The Times, Jun 18, 1962
  • [1] Competition Commission