GJC Attracts Successful Hospitality Entrepreneur Richard Sargeant

The fast growth advisory practice GJC has appointed hospitality expert Richard Sargeant to join the growing team. Richard is an experienced entrepreneur and business strategist with over 25 years’ experience taking food and beverage brands from initial conception to large scale exit. Richard pulls on his experience to help mentor and coach businesses, providing advice and direction to ensure they can grow and prosper, whilst also avoiding some of the mistakes he’s made. Saving themselves time and money.

Prior to his appointment, Richard was the brains behind the Handmade Burger Co brand, and popular quick service chain, Urban Pie. Richard built Handmade Burger Co from its initial idea and concept, into a successful national restaurant chain with 29 company owned locations throughout the UK, a team of over 850, and a turnover of £30 million.

Commenting on the new appointment, GJC CEO Gavin Jones said: “I’m delighted Richard has chosen to join our growing hospitality team. He has the perfect experience within the sector, taking an initial idea through to growth and exit. Which is exactly the growth journey many of our clients take. We continue to invest in our associates giving our clients access to experienced and talented professionals such as Richard, who have travelled a similar path and their experience can really make an impact on a business.”

On joining GJC, Richard said : “I’ve been an entrepreneur and business owner for over 25 years. I started all my business ideas from the ground up. Growing several into multi-million-pound turnover brands. Above all, I know and understand what it takes, the sacrifices that need to be made, the hard work required, and the emotions business owners go through to succeed.”

The company now has over 30 senior consultants advising clients across the UK on business and finance strategy, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and turnaround projects.