Alastair Stewart is the Managing Director of etc.venues. His ambition of running his own business can be traced back to his entrepreneurial grandmother who set up a hotel in South Africa which drew the young Alastair into the hospitality world.
2006 was a pivotal year for Alastair when he left Rentokil Initial, where he had been MD of the conference venue business, Initial Style Conferences. With initial private equity backing from Dunedin Capital Partners and secondary buyout backing from Capital Growth Partners he has grown etc.venues, the specialist city centre venue company, into one of the UK’s leading conference brands.
The business has quadrupled in size since 2006, hosting over 17,000 events in 2017 across 15 venues in London and a further 1 each in Birmingham and Manchester – with the most recent opening at County Hall attracting significant attention for its bold scale.
Alastair was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year finalist in 2009 and again in 2013 and has recently featured in The Daily Telegraph, Conference News, FGP Meets, Start Up Grind, Future in 15 and The Sunday Times.
etc.venues was named as the London Stock Exchange as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, included in the Leap 100list and as the UK’s favourite venue host in Eventbrite’s Pulse Report.
Alastair is an enthusiastic golfer, tennis player and skier. He is married with 2 children and lives in Berkshire.