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Arc Inspirations appoint finance director

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Leeds-based Arc Inspirations – which owns and manages ten bars across Yorkshire with a staff of 400 – has appointed a new finance director.

Previously a senior manager within the Audit Department at internationally renowned accountants KPMG, Andy Whelan will operate at board level and work with the team to manage one of the region’s fastest growing businesses.

Married with two young children, he joined KPMG aged 18, and was promoted up to senior management level within the audit department in Leeds.

Andy, 32, said:

“Arc Inspirations is at a very exciting stage of its development and growth with £2.25m invested in the second half of 2013 alone in their locations in West and North Yorkshire.

“In 2013 they expanded to a brand new city by opening their successful Banyan Bar & Kitchen in York; they opened the new concept bar The Pit on Merrion Street in Leeds; and refurbished and re-branded an existing location into The Pit in Chapel Allerton.

“Arc Inspirations is looking to the future with further exciting investment to be announced in 2014.

“The business is growing and we want to ensure that our systems and processes are best in class and compliment the growth in the business. Arc Inspirations is flourishing and I am excited and proud to be involved.”

Andy will work closely with Martin Wolstencroft, managing director; Chris Ure, chairman and Anni Opong, operations director, of Arc Inspirations.

Martin Wolstencroft said:

“We are absolutely thrilled that Andy has joined the team. I wanted to ensure we had the best at the helm on the financial side of the business.

“We look forward to taking Andy on a tour of all of our locations and ensure he enjoys the best in all!”

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