26th September: Alastair Stewart

This week Elliot Moss is joined by Alastair Stewart.

Alastair Stewart is the Managing Director of etc.venues. Alastair's ambition of running his own business can be traced back to his entrepreneurial grandmother who amongst her many accomplishments set up a hotel in South Africa which drew the young Alastair into the hospitality world.

2006 was a pivotal year for Alastair when he left Rentokil Initial, where he had been MD of the conference venue business, Initial Style Conferences. With private equity backing from Dunedin Capital Partners he acquired the specialist city centre venue company, etc.venues, which has become the fastest growing UK conference venue business. In 2012 he secured fresh capital from Growth Capital Partners in a secondary management Buyout.

Alastair was also an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year finalist in 2009 and again in 2013.  Alastair is an enthusiastic golfer, tennis player and skier. He is married with 2 children and lives in Berkshire.