"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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CHIEF FINANCIAL & OPERATING OFFICER
A qualified Chartered Accountant with a 20 year career in multi site retail and leisure businesses.
Jonny has worked in the retail/ leisure sector for Plc and private (equity) businesses – including turnaround, start-up and growth situations.
Sector brands worked for include McDonalds, D&D group, Ping Pong (international) as well as 3 years leading a turnaround of on line food delivery business.
Jonny has previously gained retail sector experience in retail (DIY and clothing) and acts as a Non-Exec advisor to a leading Growth Capital organization in London.
Jonny joined Ignite in late 2015 as CFO and expanded responsibilities to COO in 2017.
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 two Bumpkin restaurants in London located in South Kensington and Westfield in Stratford.
Matt has acted as Chairman to other private equity backed businesses and to other F&B businesses and is in addition working on developing brands and concepts in the USA as well as London.
Ignite Group Ltd
111 - 113 Walton Street
London SW3 2HP
Company No. 06660848
Restaurant & Bar Operator