Tim Bacon, who started GS Systems’ client Living Ventures and opened brands including Manchester House and JW Johnson’s, has lost his battle with cancer aged 52.
Bacon – chairman and co-founder of the Living Ventures restaurant group alongside Jeremy Roberts – had been fighting a battle with cancer after being diagnosed with advanced melanoma in 2014.
Jeremy Roberts, Living Ventures CEO said in a statement: “It is with incredible sadness that I have to announce the sad passing of Living Ventures Chairman, Tim Bacon, who died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep, on Friday night following a long illness.”
“Tim has had many enduring friendships with people in his private and professional life because of his vibrant, honourable and generous spirit. He gave his all to everything he did, especially to his family and his friends who were incredibly important to him. I will greatly miss him as we all will and I’ve lost a true friend.”
Bacon and Roberts had overseen the growth of the business since its inception in 1999 and started with GS Systems shortly afterwards.
Niels Nielsen, managing director of GS Systems said: “Tim was a true and exciting innovator who achieved so much within the hospitality sector. We were fortunate to work with Tim and Living Ventures for many years and see his first hand his dynamism and creativity as he developed numerous new and exciting brands and concepts.”
The multi-award winning hospitality brand led by Tim won MEN business of the year in 2015.
Bacon has been repeatedly named as one of the top fifty most influential hospitality operators in the North West at the Northern Restaurant and Bar trade show, and leaves a lasting legacy in the Manchester food and scene.