Richard Carr in the Archives: Allied Leisure

Richard Carr is a former business owner and entrepreneur, with one of his first business ventures being with Allied Leisure.

About Allied Leisure

Richard Carr Scoops Marketing Award for Allied LeisureBorn in 1983, Richard Carr built a business of Counter Service Fast Food Restaurants predominately in London and the M3 corridor.

The business was floated on the USM in 1987 before being sold to Grand Metropolitan for £13m in 1990 and re-named Allied Leisure PLC.

Richard left the company in 1994 to pursue a career in private ownership; this was after the business had been listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Allied Leisure scoops marketing award

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Richard Carr in the Archives: Tycoon gets £163,000 rise

During the early 1990s Richard Carr was a regular on the front page of the Evening Echo as a result of his business ventures. In late October in 1991, he was pictured on the front page under the headline ‘Tycoon gets £163,000 rise’.

“I’m worth every penny”

Richard Carr Tycoon gets riseWas Richard Carr’s response. Described as a flamboyant local business tycoon, the paper reported that his pay rise took his annual salary from £99,000 to £262,000.

Richard, who are the time was running his self-made business Allied Leisure, left school without a single O-level and went on to run a major public company employing over 1,000 people.

He defended his pay rise, telling the Echo: “I am very good value and worth every penny. I am not in the slightest bit embarrassed about the rise.

“Company executives in this country are grossly underpaid. I believe in paying people well and that goes for all my directors and staff.”

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Richard Carr in the Archives: Battle for Cage and Zoo

Richard Carr operated in the nightlife economy for a number of years, owning and running a variety of nightclubs and bars. He also created the hugely popular ‘Slinky’ brand, which saw huge events hosted across the globe with some of the world’s biggest DJs.

Carr wins Cage and Zoo battle

Richard Carr Battle for Cage and ZooRichard Carr made the front page headline of the 1992, March 3rd edition of the Evening Echo after the police dropped their objections to his £2million nightspot.

He won his battle to build one of the country’s biggest nightclubs in Bournemouth despite the Police’s fears that it may lead to trouble in the streets.

However, Bournemouth magistrates gave Richard Carr the go-ahead to create the 2,000 capacity club in the town centre. Although the police had dropped their objections they told the court that if trouble ensued, they would object to the club renewing its operating licence.

A £2million project

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Richard Carr in the archives: Allied Leisure on the rise

Allied Leisure was one of Richard Carr’s first business ventures and one that saw him combine fast food counter restaurants, bowling alleys and a leisure complex.

Looking back at the company’s rise under Carr, we look at an archive article regarding Allied Leisure’s profits rise.

Entertainment company announces 20% profit increase

Richard Carr Allied Leisure on the rise

Richard Carr in the Archives

Despite announcing 20% profit increases, Richard Carr explained that the rise was below expected at the time and that plans to expend the business into Germany have been shelved for the moment.

Allied Leisure, which ran a ten-pin bowling alley, nightclubs and theme pubs, including the Tower Park complex in Poole, revealed pre-tax profits of £3.1 million compared to £2.6 million the previous year, a 19% rise.

Allied Leisure adapting with the times

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Richard Carr aids Dorset businesses

In the latest of our articles looking into the working career of Richard Carr, we look at a newspaper article highlighting the rise of one Carr’s first business ventures, Allied Leisure.

Richard Carr now operates as a commercial and residential development consultant for Jacob Carr Homes Ltd. He uses his expertise and knowledge of the industry to achieve planning permission for his employer’s clients.

Examples of his planning grants can be found on his website under the ‘Development’ page.

Richard Carr aids local firms

Richard Carr aids local firms

Carr aids local firms

In the early 1990s, Carr was Chairman of Poole based Allied Leisure, a leisure business which comprised nightclubs, bowling alleys and fast food counter restaurants.

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Richard Carr’s Business Beginnings

Today on Richard Carr’s Commercial and Residential website, we take a look at an article wrote about the entrepreneur when he was aged 29, by the Alfred Lambs magazine.

Alfred Lambs feature

The full two page feature, which talks about Richard Carr’s early years in business and his powerboat career, is available to read in the ‘Press’ section of his website.

The lengthy article opens by explaining Richard’s route into the fast food outlet industry, beginning with the time he spent as a farmer during his spell in agricultural college.

Richard Carr Alfred Lambs

Richard Carr’s feature in the Alfred Lambs feature

The feature spells out Richard’s desire to constantly better himself and become a successful businessmen. It took a number of small-time jobs before Richard eventually landed on his feet.

He worked on motor cruisers as a handy man; took a course in heavy engineering which set him as a welder for twelve months and then slowed made his way into the leisure industry working in hotels and restaurants.

Allied Restaurants Ltd

Richard Carr opened a fast food outlet in the centre of Bournemouth and for two years ran a Hamby House, with great success. His potential was recognised by fast food giants Wimby and it was his relationship with them that kick started his business career.

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Richard Carr in the Archives

As well as providing well-articulated, thought provoking blogs on industry news, Richard Carr will also use his website reflect on newspaper interviews relating to his previous business ventures.

Richard’s interviews are available to read in full via the ‘Press’ section of his website. Below is a flavour of what is currently available to read on PDF.

Richard Carr Echo Magazine interview, 2000

Speaking to the Echo Magazine’s Nick Churchill, Carr spoke about his rise to success through his Fast Food Service business, which he sold for £13m in 1990. “I come from a background of family that has always been in business on their own and my mother was a very hard-working women and that’s what has rubbed off on me. I enjoy the thrill of getting up in the morning and having the hurdles put in front of me.”

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