By Scott Wright

TWO former Macdonald Hotels executives have launched a new hospitality consultancy that will aim to help operators bounce back from the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Ruaridh Macdonald and Simon Jackson bring more than 50 years’ experience to Trinity Hospitality Group, which they pledged will offer a “diverse, yet niche range of services” to the industry. They also have aspirations to build their own portfolio of hotels.

The duo are currently holding talks with resort operators, investment funds and a major high-street bank, and expect to announce their first deal in quarter one.

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They aim to offer their expertise to hotels and resorts that are struggling amid the restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus. Mr Macdonald is a former deputy chief executive of Macdondald Hotels & Resorts, while Mr Jackson was the group's chief operating officer.

Mr Macdonald said: “Together we have a unique blend of hotel and resort operations, finance expertise and technical investment knowledge, enabling us to provide a broad spectrum of advice and support to hotel and resort owners, as well as operators, investors, developers, financiers and loan servicers.”

Mr Jackson added: “We’re starting this journey at a crucial time for the industry and we see this as a great opportunity to help hospitality businesses across the sector enhance their offering.”