New Head of Marketing & Financial Director for Arc

Premium bar operator Arc Inspirations has made two key appointments as it gears up for the next stage of its growth; Laura Lewis as Head of Marketing and Tim Knockton as Financial Director.

Arc Inspirations operates a number of fast-growing premium bar brands across the North of England, including Banyan Bar & Kitchen, BOX and Manahatta. These significant appointments come at a time where the company has an exciting period ahead, including plans to expand into new locations across the North and Midlands.

Laura Lewis has an extensive marketing knowledge gained from 12 years’ experience at leading retailers such as Tesco and Morrisons. Her time at Morrisons spanned across a variety of marketing roles, including a focus on advertising strategies and media planning with her most recent role supporting new store openings and local customer acquisition and retention.

Her role at Arc Inspirations will include continuing to promote and strengthen the group’s distinctive bar brands and unique customer experience.

Knockton is an experienced Finance Director with 20+ years’ experience in the food industry and professional services. Most recently he was FD for Communisis, prior to that he was Head of Commercial Finance at KP Snacks and has worked for other FMCG businesses. He was also at EY for 10 years in the Advisory business where he specialised in transformation, change and M&A integration. He replaces Andy Whelan, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Arc Inspirations CEO Martin Wolstencroft, said, “I am delighted to welcome these two new members to our expanding and passionate team at an exciting time for us. Their appointments will be instrumental in driving forward our business as we take the momentum from an exceptional year in 2019 and look to selectively target expansion in new locations.”

The company’s financial results for its most recent year showed another successful period of strong growth and targeted expansion. Turnover increased 16.7% (£3.9m) from £23.3m to £27.2m, with like-for-like sales +1.1%.