Martin Webb

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Martin Webb (Born 1964) is a British born entrepreneur, television presenter and currently a property developer [1] He presented the series Risking It All [2] aired on Channel 4 in 2005. He wrote regular articles for the business supplement of the Sunday Telegraph[3] He attended Queen Elizabeths' Grammar School and Brighton Polytechnic. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Law by Brighton University in 2008.[4]

Business[edit]

Prior to his business success he very briefly joined both the Royal Navy and then the Metropolitan police.

In 2004, Martin Webb set up Britain's first charity pub. The profits from The Robin Hood pub in Brighton go to local charities.[5]

Martin co-founded the C-Side Leisure group with, the former Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, Simon Kirby, whose portfolio grew to include many pubs, clubs and restaurants in and around Brighton. Martin himself is a keen Labour supporter.

His first venture was a design company, Copywrite, founded with business partner Simon Kirby, but it went bust within three years. Other ventures have included Dekoart, a web-based fine art digital printing company, and another pub company, Medicine Group, which had sites in Islington and the ever-fashionable Shoreditch in London.[6]

On 3 September 2016, he shut down The Dyke Pub and the following day reopened it as a second hand furniture shop. This was done as permitted development, a planning loophole which allows owners to change the use of a business from A4 to A1 without the need to submit a planning application.[7]

Martin plans to reopen the Dyke as a smaller bar in the darker half of the building, whilst developing private accommodation above and in the garden.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Owner reveals plans for houses on pub site". The Argus. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  2. ^ Ricochet - Risking it All
  3. ^ "Money".
  4. ^ "Honorary graduates". www.brighton.ac.uk.
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Drinkers to fuel local charities". news.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Martin Webb: Worldly-wise Webb". 8 August 2005.
  7. ^ "Neighbours launch bid to save their pub after sudden closure". The Argus. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  8. ^ "Owner reveals plans for houses on pub site". The Argus. Retrieved 2017-05-31.