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Sauce Kelaker helps restaurants and hospitality brands achieve scale with confidence and at pace.  

 

After over 20 years of launching and nurturing hospitality brands, Sauce has joined forces with the Kelaker team - who have recent direct experience of growing a restaurant group into a household name. Together they will advise, invest and partner with the hospitality super-brands of tomorrow.

 

Deep rooted knowledge and passion for all things hospitality drives Sauce Kelaker.  Their combined expertise and connectivity will supercharge clients through:

 

  • Access to funding via select financial institutions

 

  • Optimising their financial model and supply chain

 

  • Sourcing and acquiring the best sites in the right channels

 

  • Introducing and negotiating with the best global franchise partners

 

  • Providing branding, Marketing and PR advice from Sauce

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Sauce Communications has been at the heart of the UK’s hospitality scene for over 20 years, helping transform the UK’s reputation for dining along the way.   Sauce propelled Gordon Ramsay to global fame and have since worked with the cream of the world’s stars of food and drink. Having launched countless enduring restaurants and successful dining concepts, their knowledge and love of the scene is unmatched as is their appetite to find and nurture the hospitality icons of tomorrow.

Over the years Sauce have worked with Wahaca, Chilango, Tortilla, Bryon, Neat Burger, Shake Shack, Tommi’s, Busaba, Le Comptoir,  Leon, Rudys, Bone Daddies, Flesh Buns, Cabana, Dirty Bones, Senor Ceviche, Thunderbird, Island Poke and many others.

 

This collaboration gives our clients the final piece of the Sauce jigsaw that we always wanted to offer our amazing restaurants and our world renowned chefs - an opportunity to open more restaurants around the world with the backing of the Sauce Kelaker partnership and the 360° support that brings.

 
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Kelaker is a boutique advisory for the restaurant and hospitality world that brings the expertise and experience of having scaled the estate of a globally recognised restaurant group.

 

We're gamekeepers turned poachers! We have first-hand experience with Leon of scaling a business domestically and internationally from an estate of less than 20 that grew in 5 years to an estate of 70 and resulted in the business being sold for £100m (19x). 

 

Unlike most consultancies the Kelaker team have direct recent experience and can now help other brands from within whilst providing the resource that would otherwise cost an operator £x pa in hiring experienced people on their payroll.

We are systematically selective in working for best-in-class brands that can breakthrough, have a point of difference, can be scaled, and have a strong culture.

“The collaboration with Sauce opens doors to an ecosystem which has PR, digital and social media at it’s heart - key areas that are often overlooked but are pivotal to a brands ambitions to scale and prosper”

THE TEAM

Jo Barnes

 

Jo Barnes honed her PR skills in publishing before pursuing her passion for restaurants and co-founding Sauce, where 21 years later she still marvels that she has built a career around her favourite pastime.

 

With formidable PR skills, she has steered her clients both to success and through challenging times.

 

Strongly believing that relationships lie at the heart of Sauce’s enduring success, Jo’s network spans far beyond the media, she enjoys deep rooted connections with an extensive community of the movers and shakers of the hospitality scene.

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Jo Barnes

Founding Partner

jo@saucecommunications.com

+44 7956 198019

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Nicky Hancock

Nicky began her career in advertising, juggling household name clients with her characteristic dexterity and charm, skills she has put to good use since setting up Sauce. Always driven by the desire to achieve the best for Sauce clients and staff alike, Nicky has tirelessly driven the standards and services of Sauce forwards, whilst simultaneously establishing a well-respected company culture that has launched the PR careers of numerous alumni, all the while tending to star Sauce clients such as Rick Stein and The Ritz. Nicky’s love of connecting people within her extensive network has also served Sauce clients well. She shares her co-founder’s appetite for discovering and supporting emerging talent and is deeply committed to achieving the long term success for Sauce Kelaker clients.  

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Nicky Hancock

Founding Partner

nicky@saucecommunications.com

+44 7970 849366

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Simon Kelsey

In the mid 1990’s and 2000’s Simon was in the financial markets of the City of London. Whilst at one of the largest City institutions ICAP, he was responsible for managing broking operations and developing new products.

 

In 2017 Simon was appointed Head of International Development at Leon to instigate and oversee the international development of the brand. He was instrumental in the formulation of the franchise strategy and the selection of franchise partners, resulting in the company entering the Scandinavian and Irish markets, further developing in Holland and securing key relationships particularly across different channels in the UK, and throughout western Europe and the Middle East.

 

After Leon’s sale to EG Group in 2021, Simon left the company to found Kelaker in order to help brands expand both domestically and internationally.

 

His key strengths lie in an understanding of financial markets, funding opportunities, creating partnerships, and attention to detail.

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Simon Kelsey

Founding Partner

simon.kelsey@kelaker.co

+44 7901 55504

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Adam Blaker

In the 1990’s and 2000’s, Adam was a principal investor in mixed-use property projects responsible for securing investment, debt, acquisitions, planning consents, design, construction, project management and disposal both in the UK and abroad. In 2014, upon LEON’s 10th birthday, he joined Leon to develop the company’s strategic property path and roll-out programme. In so doing, he developed the design and capex model and successfully spearheaded its growth from 17 to over 70 restaurants.

 

He was instrumental in the evolution of alternative formats and the company's P&L, whilst being a principal driver behind the selection of franchise partners.

 

After the global pandemic in 2020 he lead the company’s CVA negotiations and secured it’s successful outcome.

 

He left the company in October 2021 following its sale for £100m to EG Group. His strengths lie in developing property growth strategies, scaling, and relationships.

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Adam Blaker

Founding partner

adam.blaker@kelaker.co

+44 7900 133364

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