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.
Andy Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC
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.
Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association
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.
AG Gallagher, Chairman, Gallagher UK Ltd
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.
Edward George, Investment Surveyor, Montague Evans
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.
Nalin De Silva, Deal Advisory Partner, KPMG
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.
Robin Raban-Williams, Colliers International
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.
Vincent Ryan, Barton Willmore
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.
Adam J Mobley BSc (Hons) MRICS
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
John Farnsworth, Partner, Smith Cooper
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.
Gino D’Anna Partner, Lease Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield
‘I have been acting for the Adil Group, predominantly with Raja and his father Mohammed before him, for over 25 years with regard to rent reviews, lease renewals, rating, acquisition and disposal of many varied types of property, some with them as landlord and some as tenant.
I have always found the Group to be thoroughly professional, performing once terms have been agreed and showing compassion where this is necessary.
From a personal perspective I have enjoyed my time working with Adil Catering and I have never had an issue with any aspect of our dealings’.
I hope this is the sort of testimonial you were hoping for and trust our relationship will continue along this vein for many years to come.
Roger J Wiggins MRICS, David Menzies Associates
Frank Belshaw Building Surveyors have been designing KFC Restaurants for 38 years, we were first introduced to the Adil Group in 2004, after they purchased several existing units from a former franchisee. This gave Raja Adil the opportunity to expand within the existing trade zones, and expand they did, at a rapid pace, purchasing additional units from franchisees in Yorkshire and on the Fylde coast. Raja’s approach to business was, and still is, very refreshing. We know that almost all of his projects come to fruition, being driven by his dynamism, and infectious optimism. We know that as he builds his business, we can rely on his loyalty and support, which gives us confidence to drive our own business forwards in the future.
Frank Belshaw, Frank Belshaw Building Surveyors Limited
I have been very proud to have represented the Adil Group for over 14 years in many wide and varied legal matters, acting in particular on acquisitions, lettings, property management, and disposals. It has been a privilege to work with the company throughout that time, and to watch the business grow and prosper. Demanding and thorough, but always good humoured and approachable, Raja Adil and his team are a pleasure to work with.
Tim Brittain, Partner, Adams and Remers LLP, Solicitors
I have worked with The Adil Group for close on five years covering all aspects of their property portfolio including: professional, site acquisition and investment purchases.
We work well as a team, instructions are issued quickly and once a deal is identified then their commitment is total. Equally if a deal or a property introduced is not for them, they will inform immediately and move on. In my experience they do not pull out of deals, in fact one investment (a £3.4m) deal I was acting on was tortuous. I know other clients who would have walked away, however The Adil Group stuck with it and completed.
Over the years a sound relationship founded on trust has been built up with The Adil Group. They are excellent to deal with, fees are paid promptly and where problems arise (and they always do when dealing with property matters) they are discussed and resolved amicably. Sounds “Adil”
Jim Sims DipLe MRICS | Partner Culverwell
I met Raja by chance in 2015 – he enquired about viewing a building in Glasgow I was selling. I have 25 years in this industry and a well-developed sense that quickly separates the dreamers from the serious. Raja was self-evidently in the camp of the latter and we formed a healthy rapport. He went on to get me involved with his expansion plans and since then we have completed sixteen transactions together – that’s an average strike rate of one every ten weeks, not bad!
Everything for which we have offered, we have completed within the agreed terms; it is a most refreshing – and dare I say it, old-fashioned and honourable – approach to business. As a result, Scotland is now almost replete with Costa Coffee outlets and I am very proud to have sourced the building that became the first Taco Bell in Scotland; we continue to work away on opening many more.
Being part of the team that has been assembled at the Adil Group is always high intensity, always fun and, most importantly of all, always successful. And that building he viewed in Glasgow? He never did buy it from me..
David Glen, Principal, Glen & Co Chartered Surveyors, Glasgow
“I have acted for the Adil Group for over a year now and in that time I have found Raja and his colleagues a pleasure to take instructions from. Raja, Sajjad and Rebecca always deal with matters promptly and courteously cutting through complicated issues with commercial acumen and little fuss which greatly aids me in my job. During the time I have worked for the Adil Group, I have purchased 9 properties for them to operate as Costa, purchased one property for Taco Bell and taken one lease for Taco Bell. I am in the process of letting premises to Greggs, taking a lease for KFC and seeking consent to rebrand KFC to Taco Bell. All very busy but working together we very quickly get the deals done and my fees are always paid timeously. All in all a delight!”
Jane Steel | Solicitor, BTO Solicitors LLP
‘We have dealt with the Adil Group over the last 4 years in respect of them being tenants in one of our premises. They recently purchased the premises and 2 other retail units from us. The transaction went very smoothly and our solicitor was impressed on how easy it was to complete the sale which we were able to do on the original date that was agreed.’
James Moore BSc (Hons) | MRICS Estate Manager of Grantham Estates.