Grand Heritage Hadcock-Mackay found hanged

Former president and founder of Grand Heritage Hotels Tim Hadcock-Mackay has been found hanged at his manor house in Nottinghamshire, two months after a more recent business venture collapsed with reported debts of £1m. Hadcock-Mackay had been chairman and co-director of hotel marketing consortium Distinguished Hotels International, but resigned in April after it was revealed the company had run-up a seven-figure debt. The company ceased trading in May after it emerged that the company had failed to pay PAYE contributions for five years, leading to HM Revenue and Customs to issue a demand for £109,000. The company had also not submitted a tax return since 2001. Hadcock-Mackay started his hospitality career in 1985 at the Stafford Hotel in St James, London and went on to hold executive positions in sales and management for the Ritz, the Stafford and The Dukes hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. In 1992, he founded Grand Heritage Hotels International in Europe with friend and colleague David Owen. The company was eventually sold in 1997. Hadcock-Mackay’s considerable charm, networking skills and eccentric character enabled him to forge a career in TV alongside his other business interests. He was the host of BBC2's Ditch The Day Job and Time To Get Your House In Order. Nottinghamshire police said they were not looking for anyone in connection with the apparent suicide.

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