Whitbread PLC history, company profile (overview) and corporate video

       Whitbread PLC is a multinational hospitality company headquartered in Houghton Regis, England, United Kingdom. It operates hotels and restaurants, and owns Premier Inn, one of the UK’s biggest hotel brands.


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    • hub by Premier Inn
    • ZIP by Premier Inn


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    • Brewers Fayre
    • Whitbread Inns
    • Bar+Block Steakhouse
    • Thyme Bar & Grill
    • Table Table


       Whitbread’s history began in 1742 when Samuel Whitbread went into partnership with Godfrey and Thomas Shewell. They acquired a small brewery at the junction of Old Street and Upper Whitecross Street and another brewhouse for pale and amber beers in Brick Lane, Spitalfields.

       In 1750, Samuel Whitbread created the first purpose-built mass-production brewery in the UK, when he moved his brewing operations to Chiswell Street on the eastern rim of Georgian London.

       In 1784, Samuel Whitbread installed the first-ever steam engine at the brewery, designed by famous engineer, James Watt.

       In 1868, it was introduced the bottling of beer.

       In 1968, Whitbread reached a deal to brew Heineken under licence.

       In 1974, the first Beefeater was opened.

       In 1987, the first Travel Inn was opened.

       In the 1990’s, Whitbread made several acquisitions, including David Lloyd Leisure, Marriott Hotels, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut, and Premier Lodge hotels.

       In 1995, Whitbread acquired Costa Coffee from Sergio and Bruno Costa.

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       In 2005, Whitbread sold its brewery business, including David Lloyd Leisure, Marriott Hotels, TGI Fridays, and Pizza Hut.

       In 2005, Travel Inn and Premier Lodge hotels were also merged.

       In 2016, the first Premier Inn hotel was opened in Germany, Frankfurt.

       In 2019, Whitbread sold Costa to Coca-Cola.

       With more than 39,000 employees in over 1,700 Premier Inn hotels and restaurants across the UK, Whitbread PLC is considered one of the Largest Public Companies in the World, according to Forbes.

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