Q&A: Gary Neville & Stuart Procter, GG Hospitality

C&IT catches up with Gary Neville and managing director of GG Hospitality, Stuart Procter, on the opening of Hotel Football in Manchester.

Hotel Football, Manchester
Hotel Football, Manchester

GG Hospitality, the company behind Cafe Football and Hotel Football, which opened adjacent to Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium in March, is owned by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. C&IT's Rob McKinlay caught up with Neville and managing director Stuart Procter.

Q: How did Hotel Football come about?

Neville: Throughout the closing years of my playing career, I always had one eye on what to do next. Both Ryan (Giggs) and I have been lucky enough to experience some of the best hotels and restaurants around the world and we wanted to use our experience to create something completely unique.

Procter: We didn't want Hotel Football to be a Man Utd brand, we wanted to be international, so deliberately opened (Cafe Football in Westfield Stratford) in London first. The baby was Cafe Football.

Q: How much input did you all have?

Procter: We all brought different experience and skills to the table. I had experience in hotels, food and service; Ryan influenced the look, feel and design; and Gary is very detailed and has basically been in charge of everything, including construction - he's built a lot of houses for himself.

Neville: We've all been very 'hands on' from the planning stages through to the design. We've all poured our hearts into this project and we're delighted with the finished article.

Q: How important is the corporate market?

Neville: We're fortunate to be in a location surrounded by blue chip companies, so it has always been key. Aside from match days, we've worked hard to develop a range of spaces to accommodate meetings and events of all sizes from a small group session in 'The Boardroom' to a banquet in the 'Stadium Suite' for 300. Our rooftop Heaven space offers the perfect setting for a five-a-side football teambuilding session.

Procter: We also offer matchday hospitality experiences, although that doesn't include match tickets so we're not really in competition with Old Trafford in that area.

Q: What are the future plans for Hotel/Cafe Football & GG hospitality?

We're an ambitious team and we're always looking for a good opportunity to create something a bit new and different. Having said that, we're keen to make sure we get Hotel Football Old Trafford right before launching our next hotel or restaurant.

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