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In 1982, he left to set up his own foodservice distribution company, Holroyd Meek. By 1994, the company had a turnover of £190m serving over 7,000 restaurants across the UK. In 1995, Booker acquired the company and Holroyd started his own investment company.
In 2008 Holroyd set up OnSide Youth Zones, a charity providing safe, state-of-the-art facilities for young people in their leisure time. As of 2016 eight Youth Zones were complete with fourteen in process. Over 30,000 young people were regular users of the Youth Zones.
Bill and Julie Holroyd set up The Holroyd Foundation in 2014. The foundation seeks to promote health, welfare, education and opportunity with particular emphasis on young people. The foundation makes donations to charities associated with young people, cancer associated charities and many local charities in Cheshire.
He was Chairman of Bolton Lads & Girls Club and Committee Member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
- Deputy Lieutenant since 2008 
- CBE 2013 
- High Sheriff of Cheshire 2015
- Beacon Fellowship Award for Philanthropy 2015 
Bill is married to Julie. They live in Cheshire with their children, Olivia and Harrison. Bill has two older children Laura and Nicholas and two grandchildren.
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