This article profiles EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year Vivek Chadha, CEO and Founder of the 18-hotel group Nine Hotels which employs 800 people.

Key points include that the group wants the next generation to use their hotels as their offices and meeting spaces, at no cost; he aims to be the largest private hotelier in the UK with over 100 units in key areas, expanding into continental Europe; he adds commercial value to his hotels and is profitable because guests love his hotels; brands like IHG, Accor and Hilton have supported him for a long time, enabling him to deliver 3 or 4 hotel openings per year; he knows every morning how each and every hotel in the group performed the previous night from its average daily rate to total occupancy; he believes Airbnb-type concepts, restaurants with rooms and serviced apartments with great retro food concepts as part of the development are the future.

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