Andy Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC

It was fantastic to hear from the Franchisee Multi-Unit finalists and learn about their journey into franchising. Adil Group impressed the judges with its impressive figures and charity initiatives.

“It’s been a difficult year for all businesses, so we are pleased to see members of the franchise community thriving, having adapted to operate successfully despite the difficulties thrown their way.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association

Raja is testament to how great leaders can achieve great things using the franchising model. The Adil Group management team represents home grown talent that are all committed to delivering outstanding operational standards within every brand they own.

“There are more franchise systems than ever before, showing that businesses are choosing franchising as an ideal model for them. The fact Adil Group managed to win this accolade, when so many new companies are entering into franchising, is a testament to the company’s values and culture.

AG Gallagher, Chairman, Gallagher UK Ltd

I am delighted that we have done business on the Gallagher Leisure Park at Scunthorpe and I hope this will be the first of many deals. Now that we know what each other does, let’s try and do further business going forward.

Also, when we have any restaurants in the future, I will make sure that you have first and last “bite” of the cherry.

You are a fine young man and I am sure your father is proud of you just as you as of your father.

Keep up the good work Raja, I look forward to seeing you soon, but in the meantime, Good Luck, take care, God Bless and KEEP ATTACKING // ( I know you will)
All the very best – always.

Edward George, Investment Surveyor, Montague Evans

I can confirm that the we have sold to the Adil Group and they performed to every expectation. Our client (Gallagher Group) was very specific to timescale and deliverability to which Raja and his team performed. They are able to turn around buy side opportunities very swiftly and have demonstrated they are serious investors in the sector. We have no hesitation to deal with him again.

Nalin De Silva, Deal Advisory Partner, KPMG

I had the pleasure of working with the Adil Group on their proposed acquisition of a £50m+ business. Raja and his team were very professional and pragmatic in their approach, which was extremely important in overcoming some of the hurdles faced in a challenging M&A auction process.

Ultimately, despite having spent a lot of time and resources, the Adil Group made the appropriate decision to decline the opportunity to complete the deal as we both agreed that the terms were not favourable following the diligence performed.

Robin Raban-Williams, Colliers International

Throughout our dealings with the Adil Group we have found them to be a highly professional and straightforward company to deal with. Raja Adil has a very clear understanding of property matters and is also commercially minded when it comes to decisions. We have found the decision making process to be clear and faster than almost any other client. Deal making with this client is as smooth and professional as it can be. With access to cash and a string of national franchises there are opportunities in many locations and many different property types.

Vincent Ryan, Barton Willmore

We have been advising Raja Adil and his team on planning and development matters for over 10 years; in the residential, hotel and QSR sectors. I have always been impressed with the level of attention that Raja himself gives to individual projects, given the size of the Group’s portfolio. He drives projects from the front with energy and determination and is never afraid to take on a challenging site. Having been a consultant to The Adil Group for 10 years, this demonstrates their loyalty to those who have delivered success within a core group of well-established consultant teams.

Adam J Mobley BSc (Hons) MRICS

I have had the fortune of working with Raja and the Adil Group for the last 10 years and have completed a high number of leasehold and freehold transactions in that period. In total we have completed in excess of £35m worth of restaurant property acquisitions and Raja has been the perfect client with his decisive mentality and commitment to the brands he represents. With every single project he has been actively involved with the detailed process from agreeing terms to opening the doors to the public. Importantly with every deal he is responsive, and willing to work through issues in a timely manner as they arise. He takes tremendous pride in his work, his team and his company. I have been, and continue to be, genuinely impressed by the commercial awareness and can-do attitude of Raja that has allowed him to grow his restaurant and property business exponentially.

John Farnsworth, Partner, Smith Cooper

I have known Raja Adil for over a decade and my firm has worked  in a corporate deal management capacity for the Adil Group, and on deals involving that group as the counterparty. I have found Raja’s approach forthright and decisive ; he has a clear idea of what targets are right for the group and either makes a quick decision to pass, or follows through with focus and commitment to completion. A text book approach that many could learn from in dealmaking

Gino D’Anna Partner, Lease Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

I have been advising Raja and the family over the last 7 years with regards to various property matters from dealing with rent reviews and opportunities to maximise value and cut costs from their leased estate to acquiring the freeholds of their trading premises and general property advice.  I have developed an excellent working relationship and understanding with Raja and the team. From our first meeting I have always been impressed by Raja’s passion and dedication to both his business and his family and his incredible appetite to succeed and develop his business and brand. Raja is incredibly commercial and an exceptional deal maker prepared to challenge his advisors to ensure he is getting the very best advice.  On a personal level I have enjoyed working with Raja and look forward to many more successful years of working together.