Living Ventures has paid tribute to its chairman and co-founder, Tim Bacon, after he lost his battle with cancer last week, aged 52.
Mr Bacon was the face behind a group that today boasts 34 popular restaurants, including The Alchemist, Australasia and Artisan.
He had been battling an advanced melanoma since 2014 and passed away on 29 April.
In a statement issued to the Manchester Evening News, Jeremy Roberts, Living Ventures CEO, said: “It is with incredible sadness that I have to announce the sad passing of Living Ventures Chairman, Tim Bacon, who died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep, on Friday night following a long illness.”
“Tim has had many enduring friendships with people in his private and professional life because of his vibrant, honourable and generous spirit. He gave his all to everything he did, especially to his family and his friends who were incredibly important to him. I will greatly miss him as we all will and I’ve lost a true friend.”
Bacon and Roberts had overseen the growth of the business since its formation in 1999. The company achieved a record turnover of £100m last year and has won a raft of awards for its success in the Manchester dining scene.