Shiraz Boghani has ridden a wave of inventiveness and ingenuity to business success, winning acclaim as one of the UK’s leading hoteliers, while also remaining at the forefront of innovation in the hospitality industry as chairman and director of the Splendid Hospitality Group. The chain, founded in 1986, owns and manages 20 trading hotels of all price ranges in the United Kingdom, including The Grand Hotel and Spa in York, the Hilton London Bankside and the Conrad London St. James.
Shiraz Boghani, in addition to his success operating hotels, is the chairman of Splendid Restaurant Group, an organization that operates soul and Southern food chain Absurd Bird, London-based Hong Kong-style cafe Chachaanteng, and wine bar and pantry outfit Jack & Alice. He is also the co-founder and Joint Chairman of Sussex Health Care, a provider of healthcare for the elderly and infirm that has been in operation for 25 years, offering a range of services that include programs for the physically and mentally disabled, and neurological care for patients with disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Shiraz Boghani immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1969, launching his business career as a Chartered Accountant for KPMG, a global network of audit and tax consultancies and firms. In 1985, he co-founded his first business, Sussex Health Care, a move that was quickly followed up with the launch of Splendid Hospitality Group the following year. During the 1990s, the entrepreneur displayed his innovative nature, being one of the first hoteliers in London to oversee the development of limited services hotels; he has been integral to more than 25 such projects since.
In 2016, Boghani’s years of work in the hospitality industry was recognized with an Asian Business Award for Hotelier of the Year. With recent acquisitions of the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, and the Leeds-based New Ellington, Shiraz Boghani and Splendid Hospitality Group seems poised only for continued success.
Boghani is also a philanthropist, evidenced by his proud membership in National Council for the Ismaili Community, as well as his work as chairman of the National Reconciliation and Arbitration board, and as resource development convener for the Aga Khan Foundation, a non-profit sustainable international development agency with extensive operations in Africa and Asia.