Yesterday I attended the Annual General Meeting of Whitbread Plc (WTB). This was at the Church House Conference Centre at 2.00 pm (a good time and venue – although I did have to get through the security cordon around the Houses of Parliament for the Queen’s “opening” and speech and the threatened leftist/anarchist demo which proved to be a damp squib.
Whitbread is celebrating 275 years in business this year. Founded by brewer Samuel Whitbread it now only brews coffee. It’s main lines of business are Costa coffee shops, Premier Inns (budget hotels) and the currently de-emphasised restaurants.