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New Years Honours 2016: Awards for Chardon's Maurice Taylor, David Levin, Robin Rowland and Andrew Guy

By Emma Eversham+ , 04-Jan-2016

Maurice Taylor of Chardon Trading was made a CBE in the New Year's Honours list
Maurice Taylor of Chardon Trading was made a CBE in the New Year's Honours list

Hotel group owner Maurice Taylor, Capital hotel founder Professor David Levin, YO! Sushi chief executive Robin Rowland and Andrew Guy, formerly chief executive of Ed's Easy Diner were among those receiving awards in the New Years Honours list 2016. 

Taylor, founder of Chardon Trading, which owns and operates a portfolio of six hotels in Scotland and La Bonne Auberge brasserie in Glasgow, was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to business and charity. 

The hotelier, who until last year was founder and chief executive of hotel management company Chardon Management before it was sold to Interstate Hotels and Resorts, said: "I’m thrilled to bits. Of all the awards and honours I’ve been fortunate enough to have been presented with over the years, the CBE is one in which I will take particular pride – not bad for someone who started out in the hotel business as a junior night porter at the Turnberry Hotel – long before Donald Trump bought it."

Fellow hotelier Levin, who founded London's Capital Hotel in 1971, was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality and youth training. Levin, who went on to form the Capital Group, a selection of hotels and restaurants, also owns The London Bakery and a French winery and  David Levin has funded a fully operational training restaurant at Oxford Brookes University, Brookes Restaurant. 

An MBE was also awarded to Guy, who stepped down as chief executive of restaurant chain Ed's Easy Diner last year and is currently chairman of the Coaching Inn Group, for services to hospitality and charity. 

Rowland, chief executive and chairman of YO! Sushi for the last 15 years, was made an OBE for services to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Rowland, who started out at Whitbread Inns in 1984 as a graduate trainee, has grown YO! Sushi to over 90 restaurants, including five in the US. 

There was also a CBE for Conrad Bird, director of the GREAT Britain campaign which has marketed Britain abroad to attract more tourists. 

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