Très Bon year for Edinburgh group

The Bon Vivant Group has grown its number of outlets and turnover over last year

EDINBURGH’S Bon Vivant Group has announced a 42% increase in turnover for the last year after a major expansion, which saw its number of outlets in the capital grow from four to seven.

Aided by £950,000 of finance from Allied Irish Bank (GB), the group – which owns and operates capital venues, including The Bon Vivant and the Devil’s Advocate, and is headed by Stuart McCluskey – last year opened Mexican bar and restaurant El Cartel on Teviot Square and cocktail bar Lady Libertine on West Register Street as well as beginning to run The Register Club in the Edinburgh Grand hotel on St Andrew’s Square for the venue’s owners.

Finance manager of Bon Vivant Group, Antonia Jackson, said: “Despite the challenges our industry faces, we have seen our turnover grow 42% over the last 12 months. This is a strong reflection of the hard work from our teams and the expansion, backed by AIB (GB).”

Tina Crookston, relationship manager at AIB (GB), said achieving 42% growth “at a time when the hospitality trade is facing many pressures is testament to the quality” of the group’s offering.