2016 has so far been an ‘annus horribilis’ for the great and the good of the entertainment and music industry, starting with the death of David Bowie in January, and more recently those of Victoria Wood and Prince. The hospitality industry has suffered a major blow today, with the tragic loss of Tim Bacon, the CEO of Living Ventures, at the age of 52.

The Living Ventures company operates 34 restaurants across the UK, and in 2013 the company secured 9th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies. I first came across Tim Bacon’s work during a programme on the BBC in 2013, Restaurant Wars, which showed the opening of Manchester House, led by Bacon, in competition with another new restaurant opening. It showed incredible passion, drive and dedication to the business, and really showed how a strong vision behind a concept can make something special.Only last month, Tim Bacon was named as number 10 in Restaurant Magazine’s Power List in the ‘Boardroom’ section.

In what is undoubtedly a tragic loss, his entrepreneurship, work and legacy to the UK Hospitality Industry shall live on.

Tim Bacon