A timeline of our milestones

We've come a long way to get where we are today

The Jivraj family

The Jivraj family has its roots in India but towards the end of the 19th Century, the family relocated to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The family business was founded by Nurdin Jivraj (pictured), managing a retail and wholesale produce business alongside a portfolio of real estate. The family has always been naturally entrepreneurial, and in the 1960s they began investing in overseas property, starting with residential properties in London, UK. In 1971, the Jivraj family emigrated to London, UK.

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1973

The Group acquires and operates residential property in Earls Court, London. A 14-bedroom hotel is acquired in the same location, and acquires numerous other hotel acquisitions over the following years. These hotels were all owned and operated by the family throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. 

1977

The Group purchases the prestigious Albert Hall Mansions, a period block of 111 apartments located adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Several apartments are renovated to very high standards and sold on long leases, with some retained in the Group’s rental property portfolio.

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1978

A portfolio of circa 2000 rental apartments is acquired in Greater Toronto, Canada. The portfolio is sold in 1989. Since then, various property development projects have been successfully undertaken by the Group in countries including Portugal, Czech Republic and India. 

1979

Geographic diversification begins, leading to the Group owning and operating more than 30 hotels in the UK, USA, Canada, Portugal and the Netherlands. The principal investment philosophy is one of acquiring tired hotels, refurbishing them and then operating them on a franchise basis with international hotel brands such as Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Ramada, and Radisson. In addition, several new-build hotels are successfully developed over the years. Hotel acquisitions and developments take place in geographic clusters to maximise economies of scale and enable operating efficiencies.

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1980s

The Group owns and operates a wide range of businesses, controlling some businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange such as London Park Hotels plc and Buckingham International plc.

Between 1980 and 1995

The Group experiences significant growth in a wide range of businesses including Exide battery manufacturing in Pakistan, the largest Mercedes Benz car dealership in Portugal, motor car parts distribution in Portugal and the development and sale of 2,500 apartments in Portugal. The Group remains deeply involved in the hotels sector, operating hotels under franchise agreements in Portugal, Amsterdam and London.

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1990s

The worldwide hotel industry suffers significantly during the mid-1990s due to major reductions in travel resulting from the Gulf War. Although a period of difficulty and significant losses for the Group, it is also a time of substantial learning and resilience, from which we are able to rebuild the business and return to a position of strength. 

2000

The Group wins a major five-year contract with the UK Home Office to provide accommodation and ancillary services for 3,500 people.

2002

The Group is branded as Queensway Group.

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2004

Queensway enters into an agreement with Yum! Restaurants International to become the lead franchisee for the KFC and Pizza Hut brands in Austria and Slovakia. The same year, we complete the development of a 156 room Holiday Inn Express in Croydon.

2005

Queensway develops a 129 room Holiday Inn Express in Stevenage, UK which they successfully operate until its sale in 2008.

2006

Our first boutique town house hotel, Montagu Place, opens in Marylebone, London.

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2007

The Group enters into an agreement to become one of the first franchisees of easyHotel in Earls Court. We develop and open a 120 room Holiday Inn Express in Walsall.

2009

Building on the relationship with Yum! Restaurants International, the Group acquires and begins operating 12 KFC stores in the Midlands and north east of England.

2010

A further eight KFC stores in the North West England and two KFC stores in the Birmingham area are acquired.

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2010

Under an exclusive franchise agreement with Tune Hotels, the Group opens the first Tune Hotel in the UK in Westminster. Today, the Group owns and operates five Tune Hotels in London.

2014

We enter into management agreements with third party owners to take on the operations of Tune Hotel Edinburgh and Tune Hotel Newcastle. Tune Hotel Liverpool is added to the management business a year later.

2015

Queensway Group becomes one of the first UK franchisees of the well-loved Starbucks brand, acquiring 13 coffee houses located along the M40 corridor.

2016

We open the first Tune Hotel in Africa; Tune Hotel Nairobi Westlands with 280 guest bedrooms and a range of restaurants and bars.

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