Shiraz Boghani, The Consummate Entrepreneur

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Shiraz Boghani is an entrepreneur that has his hands in the creation of a number of businesses. He’s best known as the founder of the Sojourn Hotels. He is also the managing partner and director of the Splendid Hotels Group. Still, not feeling fully challenged, he has added a partnership in the Sussex Healthcare Limited, a Sussex, England facility for the care of the elderly.

After 30 years in the hotel business, Shiraz Boghani is reaping the accolades that come from managing excellent organizations. He owns and manages 20 hotels in the United Kingdom. To applaud his efforts, he was honored in 2016 at the Asian Business Awards with the honor of being named the “Hotelier of the Year“. His hotels include a distinguish list of establishments:

• £121 million Hilton London Bankside with 292 bedrooms
• The Conrad London St. James
• The Grand Hotel & Spa, York
• Holiday Inn London-Wembley with 336 bedrooms
• The New Ellington in Leeds
• The Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

Shiraz Boghani has always been a forward thinker. He was born in Kenya and moved to the U.K. in 1969. He began his professional career as an accountant at Chartered Accountants, a small accounting firm. He became a qualified charter accountant and from there, he moved to the large firm of Thomson McLintock & Co. (KPMG). Today, he has 15 of the U.K.’s finest hotels. In 1985 he was the founding partner for Sussex Health Care, a company that has grown to consist of eighteen care homes with a total of 500 beds.

His is a privately held business and in the 1990’s, it was one of the first in the United Kingdom to offer its patron’s limited service branded hotels. Boghani’s goal is to position his many hotels to become ‘the center of global excellence for hospitality’.

When Shiraz Boghani isn’t working, he’s volunteering helping the Aga Khan Foundation and the global Aga Khan Network. The foundation is a charity that helps communities of all races and religions in four areas: civil society, rural development, health and education. Its activities are focused on improving quality of life by fighting social exclusion, hunger, disease, ignorance and illiteracy.

Shiraz Boghani has spent his professional life in successful and prosperous endeavors, still he has had time to devote to the betterment of mankind. His is an example of what true have a truly entrepreneurial spirit means. He is a consummate entrepreneur: his efforts match every synonym of the word-organizer, manager, industrialist, producer and promoter.

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