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Conference venue millionaire Alan English backed the luxury four-star Hotel La Tour in the centre of Birmingham. The hotel has seen solid growth for the last year under its all-female management team.

The former owner of a major national chain of conference centres, Alan English, aged 73, was the money behind the £24 million 174 bedroom Hotel La Tour in Albert Street which opened its doors in 2012. It was one of the first projects of Birmingham’s City Park Eastside development, close to Millennium Point and Moor Street Station.

The award-winning hotel boasts an Executive Business Floor – the Auden Rooms - with nine separate conference facilities, along with executive board rooms which include multi-centre video-conferencing facilities. Two of the conference rooms lead onto a roof terrace with views across the City Park and Millennium Point.

Alan English and his wife Wendy , aged 70, had a 57 per cent stake in Milton Keynes-based Hayley Conference Centres. Alan English was a director of the business for seven years and was part of its founding management team. In 2007 the company was sold to Principal Hotels owned by European private equity firm Permira for £358 million.

At the time of the sale Hayley Conference Centres specialised in “stately home” type conference centres with eight facilities around the UK including London, Manchester, Stratford, Nottingham, Swindon and Dorking, and another under development just outside Paris. Hayley’s development was funded by 3i who reinvested in the company in 2005 to support its international growth strategy.