"THE IGNITE GROUP HAS AN AGGRESSIVE GROWTH STRATEGY FOCUSING ON RAPIDLY EXPANDING THE BUMPKIN RESTAURANT GROUP and LAUNCHING MORE ECLIPSE BARS IN BOTH THE UK AND INTERNATIONALLY."
Ignite Group is a dynamic and respected operator of internationally renowned, award-winning premium bars, clubs and restaurants in the UK and overseas, with an outstanding portfolio of top-class brands including Eclipse bars and Bumpkin restaurants.
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Chris Poil joined the Ignite team in September 2007. Chris has extensive experience in finance and corporate strategy, specifically in the leisure sector.
Chris started his career in London as Director of Mercury Asset Management before becoming Head of UK Equities at ING Baring Asset Management following the collapse of Barings.
During his city career he spent a period specializing in the leisure sector. Chris works in the hedge fund industry and has been involved in a number of private equity companies.
He has been involved in helping to build a market leader, instrumental in a significant turnaround and involved in several start up companies.
Chris is also the Non-Executive Director of Novus Leisure and Byron.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Founder and Chief Executive of The Ignite Group, Matt Hermer continues to set the strategic direction for the company’s marketing, PR and international growth.
After eight years working as an investment banker in the City, 26 year-old Matt bought his favourite bar on a whim, renamed it ‘Eclipse’ and transformed it into a highly successful venue, helping to spearhead the revolution in London’s fading cocktail culture. After opening another Eclipse bar (with more outlets in Barcelona and Istanbul to follow), Matt realised that his clientele wanted to continue partying the night away without relocating to the West End of London. This revelation inspired him to open Boujis, a boutique nightclub in South Kensington and later in Hong Kong, which was a huge success and boasted a high-profile clientele of A-list celebrities and aristocracy.
In 2006, Matt’s passion for food and wine led to the opening of the first Bumpkin restaurant in Notting Hill, which won rave reviews and praise for its commitment to sustainable, seasonal British produce. There are currently three Bumpkin restaurants in London located in South Kensington, Chelsea and at Westfield in Stratford.
Matt was also the Chairman of La Bottega, a high end Italian private equity-backed coffee shop roll out London concept and recently, together with his wife, opened Top Dog diner in Soho London.
Ignite Group Ltd
111 - 113 Walton Street
London SW3 2HP
Company No. 06660848
Bar, Club and Restaurant Operator