V H Group
|Headquarters||Pune, Maharashtra, India|
The V H Group is an Indian conglomerate primarily comprising companies related to the poultry industry, including processed food, animal vaccines, human and animal pharmaceutical and healthcare products.. It was founded as Venkateshwara Hatcheries Pvt Ltd in 1971 in Pune, India. It uses the abbreviated name Venky's to refer to the group and within names of its constituent companies and their products. It is also the owner of English football club Blackburn Rovers.
The V H Group is owned and controlled by the family of its founder B. V. Rao. His daughter, Anuradha Desai, has served as group chairperson since his death in 1996. His sons Balaji and Venkatesh Rao sit on the board of the group's companies.
The V H Group has its headquarters in Pune, and has offices in London, Morocco, Switzerland, Syria, South Africa, Brazil, Moscow, UAE, Singapore, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and The Philippines. The Group has production plants in India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Switzerland, and exports to 42 countries across the world.
In December 2010, the group launched Venky's Xprs, a fast food restaurant specializing in chicken. The first outlet opened in Pune, India.
In November 2010 the group took over English Premier League football club Blackburn Rovers FC, acquiring a 99.9% stake through a new holding company, Venky's London Ltd. The deal was worth £43 million including taking on around £20 million of the club's debt.
After sacking Sam Allardyce as the club's manager, Steve Kean was appointed in his place, raising media concern as Kean's agent Jerome Anderson had advised Venky's during its takeover of the club. Venky's oversaw an unsuccessful period resulting in relegation to the Championship after the 2011–12 Premier League season ending the club's 11-year run in the top flight, then a further relegation to the third-tier EFL League One after the 2016–17 season. Despite Kean leaving Blackburn Rovers in September 2012, criticism of Venky's running of the club has continued, with both fans and the media calling them into question. In September 2016 Venky's publicly stated their commitment to the club.
The group sponsors the Mumbai Fighters team in the World Series of Boxing and has sponsored the Indian Premier League, the ATP Mumbai Tennis Tournament and the Champions League Twenty20.
The group includes
- Venkateshwara Hatcheries Pvt. Ltd.
- Venky's (India) Limited
- B.V.Bio-Corp Pvt. Ltd.
- Uttara Foods & Feeds Pvt. Ltd.
- Uttara Impex Pvt. Ltd.
- Eastern Hatcheries Ltd.
- Venky's Brazil Ltd.
- Venky's London Ltd. (holding company for Blackburn Rovers F.C.)
- Venky's Vietnam Ltd.
- Venky's Singapore Pvt. Ltd.
- VH Group Bangladesh
- Bala Industries & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
- Anuradha Desai (Chairperson)
- B Venkatesh Rao (Vice-Chairman)
- B Balaji Rao (Managing Director & CEO)
- Lokesh Yadav (Director)
- A G Bauskar (Company Secretary)
- Jittendra M Desai (Director)
- C Jagapati Rao (Founder Director)
- Ashok Mahajan (Director)
- Surinder Kumar (Director)
- Amrit Kapur (Director)
- Rajeshwar Singh (Director)
- "Venkys (India) Ltd". NDTV Profit. NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "About us". Venky's. VH Group. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- Bhattacharyya, Alokesh (27 September 2015). "Hatching a business". Business Today. Living Media India Limited. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- "Venky's (India) Ltd (VENK.BO)". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- Athavale, Dileep (24 February 2006). "Anuradha Desai, chairperson, Venkateshwara Hatcheries". Business Standard. Business Standard Private Limited. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- "I-T sleuths search 40 premises of Venky's". Pune Mirror. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- Palit, Debarati (9 December 2010). "In the city to add some spice". Mid Day. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "Rao family buy Blackburn Rovers from Jack Walker Trust". BBC. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Burnton, Simon (13 December 2010). "Sam Allardyce sacked as manager of Blackburn Rovers". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Conn, David. "How an agent came to hold so much power at Blackburn Rovers", The Guardian, 21 December 2010. Retrieved 02 August 2016.
- Hytner, David. "Steve Kean finds value of friends in high places at Blackburn Rovers", The Guardian, 16 December 2010. Retrieved 02 August 2016.
- "Blackburn Rovers board's dismay at Venky's conduct revealed in letter". The Guardian. 15 January 2012.
- Winter, Henry (8 May 2012). "Blackburn Rovers relegated from Premier League as Antolin Alcaraz scores only goal in Wigan's great escape". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- "So why do the Blackburn owners Venkys not seem to care?". The Independent. 9 May 2012.
- "How Venky's wrecked and relegated Blackburn". The Mirror. 8 May 2012.
- "Venky's and other corporate vandals must be stopped from owning clubs". The Times. 3 September 2016.
- Wheelock, Paul (29 September 2016). "'We remain totally committed to the club' - Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's release statement at fans' meeting". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest (North West) Ltd. Retrieved 21 July 2017.