Roxy Leisure appoints new chairman as it prepares to push forward with expansion

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Former JD Wetherspoon MD Mark McQuater named chairman of competitive socialising group Roxy Leisure

Related tags: Competitive socialising

Former JD Wetherspoon MD Mark McQuater has been named as the chairman of competitive socialising group Roxy Leisure.

McQuater, who is also the former CEO of Revolution and the Barracuda pub company, joins the group as it prepares to expand its reach across the country, having focused its operations in the north and Midlands until now. 

Roxy, which was founded in 2013 by brothers Matt and Ben Jones, currently operates a total of nine sites across Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, under the Roxy Ball Room, Roxy Arcade and Roxy Lanes banners. 

The venues provide a range of entertainment facilities including pool tables, ping-pong, bowling, shuffleboard, mini-golf, arcade gaming and karaoke.

“I am delighted to join Matt and the team at Roxy which as a leading business in the Competitive Socialising Market is well placed to expand and grow in this exciting space," says McQuater of his new appointment.

Earlier this year Roxy Leisure received a £7.5m investment from Foresight Group LLP​ to help it expand within the fast-growing competitive socialising sector.

The investment was made by the Foresight Regional Investment LP and the Foresight VCTs, and intended to be used to support the company’s expansion into additional locations across the UK.

At the time it was reported that the group had 'multiple openings' planned in 2020, and, despite the hiatus in the economy caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, those plans are said to remain in place.

“We are really pleased to have Mark, with his experience, join our Board," says Matt.

"This underlines our ambition to grow Roxy over time to more cities and towns in the UK.”

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