Experienced operators Peter Mathews and Tim Udell, who set up the 27-strong EIS-backed British Country Inns (BCI), have launch a new venture Country Inns Management Limited to provide a “specialist operational management service” to owners of country inns and food led pubs. Mathews and Udell, who sold EIS Company English Country Inns to Marston’s in 2005, have been joined as directors in the venture by Alex Nicoll and Mark Conway. Nicoll, a graduate of Oxford Brookes Hotel School, trained as a GM with Hilton, later building a small gastro style pub chain in Shropshire., while Conway worked for Moorland both in training and new openings and later with Greene King in similar positions. Both have worked in recent years at BCI, which is the new company’s first client. Negotiations are also underway to secure an additional client owning a single site. BCI, the first of four sister companies launched via the EIS between 2005 and 2007, was taken off the market earlier this year after no buyer was found for the eight-strong group. Udell said: “This is an exciting opportunity to use the experience we have all gained running food led country inns, some with accommodation, to provide a bespoke service to owners who, for one reason or another, do not want to operate a property they may own.”