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Wed 9th Jan 2013 - Breaking News - Atmosphere chief executive steps down
Atmosphere Bars and Clubs chief executive Harbottle to step down; Searcys’ boss Christian Rose to replace him: Atmosphere Bars and Clubs chief executive Paul Harbottle is to leave the business on 19 January after two years at the helm. The company stated: “Paul has implemented a number of strategic, commercial and operational initiatives that have improved the underlying performance of the business, leaving Atmosphere Bars and Clubs in a strong position for the future.” Christian Rose replaces Harbottle as chief executive of Atmosphere, starting his new role on Monday 28 January. Rose’s most recent role was as managing director of Searcys, the restaurant, champagne and events business. Previously, he also worked as chief executive of gin and vodka distiller GJ Greenall for three-and-a-half years. Rose has also held senior commercial and marketing roles within Alliance Pharmacy, Homebase and Spirit Group, where he was director of food. Atmosphere human resources director Wayne Morgan said: “I would like to welcome Christian to the business and I would also like to thank Paul for his contribution whilst wishing them both every success for the future.” Last year, Atmosphere, which is backed by private equity firm Sun European Partners, reported that a turn-around of the former Chicago Rock Café business was under way. The company achieved positive like-for-like sales growth of one per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year, which started in March, a dramatic transformation from the minus 24 per cent like-for-likes in the business when it was acquired in early 2010 out of the administration of 3D Entertainment. Harbottle said at the time: “We have effectively taken the business apart and re-built it again. Customers seem to like what they see, reflected in an improving sales performance. We’re very optimistic about the current year-end result.” The company reported Ebitda of £238,000 on turnover of £21,533,000 in the year to 26 February 2012. Harbottle joined Atmosphere after leaving JD Wetherspoon, where he was chief operating officer.
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