The Derbyshire entrepreneur also owns Casa, Chesterfield’s only four star hotel
Derbyshire businessman Steve Perez has bought The Red Lion & Peak Edge Hotel – almost 50 years after it was founded by his father Santiago.
Despite having a reputation as one of the region’s finest restaurants, the Perez family had to sell up in 1975 after Santiago passed away. Steve tasted success himself though when he founded independent drinks company Global Brands in 1997.
This won’t be Steve’s first stint as a hotelier, either. He opened Casa in 2011, Chesterfield’s only four star independent hotel and has won awards ever since the launch.
“When I heard the Red Lion was possibly up for sale I knew I had to seize the opportunity,” Steve said. “I have many fond memories there and learnt the foundations of business from my father, which have helped me throughout my career.
"It is a great personal achievement to buy back the Red Lion, but the decision was made for sound financial and business reasons and it fits perfectly with my ambition to expand my portfolio of quality hotels in Derbyshire.
“There are many synergies with the existing business and it offers lots of opportunities for staff to learn and develop their careers within the group. I’m really proud to support local job creation and career opportunities, while also investing in this great area that has so much to offer tourists and business travellers alike.”
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