The People of Beds & Bars
Keith Knowles OBE CBII
CEO and Founder
Keith Knowles is the CEO and founder of Beds & Bars. He was awarded an OBE in 2017 for his services to the community and charity. He's also celebrating 40 years of being in the family business. His father began working in public houses in 1960 as a manager for J.T. Davis (now Brakspear’s) and then formed R.C. Knowles and Sons (now Interpub) in 1964. Later, Keith decided to diversify the family business with a focus on backpackers with the aim to channel markets abroad - and that's when Beds and Bars was born.
Today, the ever-growing company under Keith operates 21 backpacker hostels, bars and pubs across Europe spanning 13 cities and 9 countries with over 750 employees. St Christopher’s Inns, Belushi’s and The Flying Pig are just some of the well-known brands within the company. As a result, Beds & Bars has been in the Sunday Times Top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK.
Keith is a father of three, a keen skier and rugby fan, as well as an RNHF Ambassador and a qualified commercial Yacht Master and GA Pilot. He is also Chairman of the Perceptions group, working to support and encourage the development of long-term career paths for young people in the industry.
Heavily involved in charity work, Keith is a proud supporter of the Team Margot Foundation as well as a number of youth charities across the UK such as The Discovery Sailing Project and The Old Emanuel Rugby Club.
Chairman of the Board
Tim Sykes is Chairman of the Board at Beds and Bars and has been in the industry for over 40-years. After twenty-five years with Grand Metropolitan looking after tenanted and leased pubs in London, Tim joined Interpub as Chairman in 1998. Interpub was rebranded as Beds and Bars in 2009. Tim was also chairman of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) for a period of three-years.
Group Managing Director
Murray Roberts in the Managing Director at Beds & Bars. Having worked at the company for over 20 years, Murray has contributed massively to the birth of the Belushi’s Bars and St Christopher’s Inns whose brands have expanded to an incredible 10 countries and even more cities - London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona, to name a few. Murray was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2016.
The ultimate family man, Murray’s personal passions are his wife and two daughters, travelling, photography and of course his favourite football team, Arsenal.
Murray’s charity partnerships include the Build Africa scheme, which saw an immense amount of support given to an under resourced school in the Mwala District of Kenya. Additional partnerships include Just a Drop, helping to build wells and water pumps in developing countries.
Luke Knowles is the Regional Operations Director at Beds and Bars. He oversees the operations of 4 sites in 3 cities across Europe. Luke has been a highly valuable asset to the company, turning over €20m per year across his sites. A massive success for his 3 and a half years with the brand. He thrives on the work hard, play hard culture embedded in Beds and Bars. One of the biggest highlights of his career so far was joining the family business, and being promoted to Operations Director in June 2016.