The People of Beds & Bars
CEO and Founder
Keith Knowles is the CEO and founder of Beds & Bars. 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. Keith’s 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, after being inspired by the Investors in People initiative, Keith decided to diversify the family business with a focus on backpackers as a conduit to markets abroad and business opportunities beyond bars. Today he runs a company led by his late wife, Franca Knowles which takes an annual turnover of £60 million. 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. He is a keen skier and rugby fan, an RNHF Ambassador, a qualified commercial Yacht Master and GA Pilot. He lives in Hammersmith and has three children.
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 sits on the board of Beds and Bars Ltd as Managing Director. He is a qualified design engineer and has been in the hospitality sector since 1983. He held senior sales and marketing positions within Grand Metropolitan, Scottish and Newcastle, and Courage. He previously worked as Operations Director and Sales and Marketing Director.