Bill Wolsey is Managing Director of the Beannchor Group, owners of the five-AA-star Merchant Hotel, over 40 pubs, the popular Little Wing Pizzeria chain of restaurants and the recently opened Bullitt Hotel.
Originally from Ballysillan, North Belfast, he opened his first bar in Bangor almost 40 years ago. Today, the Beannchor Group is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers in the hospitality industry, with over 750 employees.
A self-made man, Bill is a true believer that tenacity, drive, determination and hard work are essential qualities to succeed in business. From giving talks in schools, colleges and prisons to working with youth organisation, Start360 to empower and inspire young people, he commits significant personal time to support community and grass roots initiatives, helping contribute to positive socio economic change.
Passionate about music, culture and built heritage, Bill is a keen supporter of the arts.
He has been awarded many accolades including an Honorary Doctorate for services to business, and received an OBE for services to business and the hospitality industry in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours list.
He is a positive ambassador for Belfast and Northern Ireland and has made a terrific contribution to the hospitality and tourism landscape of Belfast city through his visionary approach to developing new and exciting venues that have vastly improved the social fabric of the city.
“I look at a business and I think ‘we can do better at it’. And it’s as simple as that.” Bill and Petra Wolsey of The Beannchor Group on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. EOY Ireland supported by Enterprise Ireland Julius Baer Invest Northern Ireland
Posted by EOY Ireland on Tuesday, September 25, 2018