Saturday, August 13, 2022

Tag: Luke Johnson

Brighton Pier Group wins £1.4m in BII payouts

Brighton Pier BII payout
Leading leisure operator the Brighton Pier Group has become one of a handful of high-profile beneficiaries of a High Court decision which ruled against insurance firms refusing to honour Covid-related business interruption claims.

As Tim Martin takes aim at government “propaganda” on lockdown, fellow operators lend their backing

Tim Martin Wetherspoons Sweden without draconian restrictions
Wetherspoons CEO Tim Martin has argued that Sweden shows life can go on without resorting to draconian restrictions. It’s a view many operators, including Brighton Palace Pier owner Luke Johnson, supports.

Throwing leisure and hospitality to the wolves

Mark Jepp Majestic Bingo
I will reflect and not forget the way the UK Government threw hospitality and leisure to the wolves - I believe I will be on the right side of history and they will be on the wrong side of the vote at the next election: I don’t blame the Conservatives I blame Boris Johnson

Last resort: Seaside footfall drops by half as government urged to act

Centre for Cities UK Coastal resorts Seaside Footfall
With footfall at UK coastal resorts dropping by almost half this autumn, the government must act fast to shore up coastal communities already suffering long-term economic neglect - or risk the £8bn delivered annually by seaside tourism to the UK economy.

Brighton Pier Group owner trashes second lockdown

Luke Johnson Brighton Pier Group
With his business pushed into the red, “cool-hand” Luke Johnson has added his voice to a growing throng of prominent figures openly deriding the government’s heavy-handed approach to coronavirus. It is, he says, “catastrophic”.

Pier boss uses Question Time appearance to challenge government’s lockdown strategy

Luke Johnson lockdown strategy Brighton Pier Question Time
In between the woke and the waverers, it takes a brave person to challenge the roadmap to re-opening. Throwing down the gauntlet with some uncomfortable questions was Brighton Pier Group owner Luke Johnson who took to the Question Time platform to push the debate forward.

Brighton Pier boss warns of recession “like the Great Depression”

Luke Johnson Brighton Pier Great Depression recession
The owner of Brighton Pier has claimed the UK could enter a second “Great Depression” if the government does not increase national testing in order to lessen lockdown limits on those unaffected.

Pier boss boosts backing for Brighton landmark

Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier Group chairman Luke Johnson has announced he will increase his holding in the investment company, which has managed the Grade II listed Brighton Palace pier since 2016, from 23.7 percent to 27 percent. The highly regarded businessman, who recently bolstered his attraction portfolio with the acquisition of Paradise Island Adventure Golf, will increase his stake by exercising almost...

Palace Pier entrepreneur wants to takeover i360

i360 Brighton
The boss of Brighton’s Palace Pier has approached the council in a bid to takeover operations of the town’s i360. Entrepreneur Luke Johnson approached the council after news that operators of the struggling tourist attraction had requested a significant delay to £6 million in loan repayments, due to be repaid over the next six years. In a letter to the council,...

Brighton Pier owner on the power of nostalgia

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British entrepreneur and Brighton Palace Pier owner, Luke Johnson, has spoken of the benefits nostalgia can bring when revitalising products.   The businessman, who bought the pier in 2016, said: “Making a faded brand work in the 21st century means respecting the past, but making the offer relevant to a modern clientele.” Johnson acknowledged the importance of heritage in relation to the...

Brighton rocketing: pier sees increasing revenues, profits and investment

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In the first full year since its takeover by hospitality entrepreneur Luke Johnson, the Brighton Pier Group has recorded impressive results with a 278 percent rise in profits and a near 40 percent increase in revenues.   The Brighton Pier Group has announced a pre-tax profit of £3.5m for the year ending 25 June 2017, a 278 per-cent rise on...

Brighton Palace Pier boss expects best ever year for tourism

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Brighton Palace Pier is ready for a summer tourism season of great hope and optimism. And why not - it’s made significant improvements in preparation.   The owner of Brighton Palace Pier has said he expects both it and the south coast resort to have their best year to date for tourism due to the post- Brexit devaluation of the pound. Speaking...

Brighton leisure leaders slam Southern bosses and unions

Coinslot Brighton
As the chaos surrounding Southern Rail deepens, leading Brighton and Hove business people and politicians have renewed calls for action. But while some blame the government, others are directing their rage at the trade unions who called for strike action. Brighton’s leisure bosses, including the new owner of Brighton Pier, have hit out at Southern Rail. Travel disruption between London...