A self-confessed ‘calculated risk taker’, Jonathan graduated from Newcastle Business School and started selling coal in the family energy business run by his father in 1986. Taking over as MD in 2000, he lead the family buy out FAMBO in 2004 in a textbook example of successful succession planning.
Blazing an acquisition trail which included seven deals across 2003-2005 alone, his diverse companies in the Bayford Group span property investment and development, hospitality businesses, an Estate in Scotland, Decadent Retreats Holiday homes business and The Right Fuelcard Company in partnership with Shell and BP Bayford also has gas and electricity supply interests in the UK as well as Gulf Gas and Power in Holland. Bayford is the largest shareholder in Fulcrum plc a UK wide multi utility infrastructure provider for industrial and commercial premises and new housing developments.
Continuing the move away from fossil fuels Bayford recently launched an EV charging business and is the largest shareholder in RAW Charging. At Bayford Head Office Bowcliffe Hall Estate near Wetherby the centrepiece is the multi award-winning scheme is the Blackburn Wing paying tribute to unsung Yorkshire aviation hero Robert Blackburn comprising a 2,060 sq. ft treehouse conference centre and event venue built in the shape of an airplane wing. The project has also converted redundant space – including a cricket pavilion that once housed Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War – into offices and includes a spectacular Private Members Club, the Bowcliffe Drivers’ Club.