Gary Neville has created several major hospitality businesses in Manchester in recent years in conjunction with partners Peter Lim and former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and his brother, Phil.
Following the launch of GG Hospitality in 2013, a hospitality management business, Hotel Football, a football-themed hotel opposite Old Trafford was opened in 2015. It includes a supporters’ club bar in the basement, which Neville promised to build for supporters after his retirement from the club. There are two Cafe Football restaurants, one at the hotel and the other at Westfield, Stratford in London.
Neville has now teamed with the National Football Museum in Manchester to open a new Café Football and launch The Rabbit in The Moon restaurant at the venue, which is overseen by Michelin-starred chef, Michael O’Hare.
He is developing the Grade II Listed Stock Exchange building in Manchester into a 35-room boutique hotel with a Michael O’Hare restaurant on the ground floor.
He is currently seeking planning permission for St. Michael’s, a £200m development project in Manchester city centre, connecting the town hall to Deansgate, including two skyscrapers which will have a luxury 5-star hotel, offices, residential apartments and a public square. This project is being supported by Rowsley & BCEG.
With his former team-mates and Lim he co-owns non-league Salford City Football Club, which have enjoyed two promotions in two years since they took over in 2014 and now sit two tiers below the English Football League. A new 5,200 all-seater stadium is planned for the club, which has also featured in two BBC documentaries
He is partner in Zerum, a development and design consultancy, offering planning and project management services as well as mechanical and electrical design. He is a fifty per cent shareholder in E3 Creative, a digital agency which includes website design and app development.
He is a former Manchester United footballer, Valencia manager and assistant to the England manager and is currently a football analyst and co-commentator for Sky Sports.