Event Title | Aaron Mellor: How To Build A Successful Business
Type of Event | Seminar
Speakers | Aaron Mellor (Group MD and CEO at Tokyo Industries Limited)
Scheduled Time | 15:00 until 16:00
Bar and nightclub Tycoon Aaron Mellor will give delegates an insight into the intriguing world of the vibrant and fast-growing hospitality sector. Aaron will be telling conference delegates his own fascinating story, with all its ups and downs, and the journey to where he is today. He will share with business owners some secrets of what it takes to succeed in one of the world’s toughest and ever-changing industries. In keeping with the conference’s “Bradford Now” theme, Aaron will explain why a major player like Tokyo Industries felt the time was right to invest in Bradford.
Aaron is Managing Director of Tokyo Industries and owns and runs 32 of the UKs ‘coolest’ bars, clubs and festivals. Tokyo Industries owns the new nightlife complex recently opened alongside Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, and is sponsoring the Business Conference’s new Bradford @ Leisure area.
The new West End nightlife complex was created in a £1.2 million redevelopment of the old Windsor baths building, on Randell Well Street, supported by Bradford Council’s City Centre Growth Zone scheme. It now houses the BrewHaus, a traditional drinking hall with craft beers and cocktails; Stein Bierkeller, an authentic Bavarian wonderland; Circle nightclub – a state-of-the-art Ibiza-style nightclub; and Tiki-O a frivolous Polynesian-inspired party venue. Aaron’s portfolio also includes Fac251 in Manchester which he owns jointly with Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook.
Aaron is featured in the musician’s book “How Not to Run a Club” about Manchester’s famous Hacienda club. Aaron says he decided to co-own a venue with “Hooky”, because he “so loved the irony”. Also under the Tokyo umbrella are Tokyo Nightclub and Louie’s Liquor Store in Huddersfield; Digital and Tup Tup Palace in Newcastle; and Fibbers in York to name but a few. They recently acquired Halo in Leeds, now home of Get Baked, an anti-concept burger bar where, says Aaron, they are creating “a re-invention of what a 2015 Student Union should be, like Tarantino’s roadside vampire distraction in Dusk ‘Til Dawn meets The Big Labowski.”