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Jenics director dies suddenly during London to Manchester bike ride

Manchester-based hotel and leisure consultancy Jenics has paid tribute to director Neil Bowler who passed away suddenly on Monday (8 October).

Bowler, aged 52, had been participating in the fundraising Jenics sponsored Great Hotel Bike Ride from London to Manchester.

According to a JustGiving page for the two-day, 350km bike ride, he was representing Jenics in a team of cyclists from across the sector to take on the challenge and raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The group set out to raise £10,000 through the event.

The bike ride, held for the fourth year in 2018, started on Monday at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and was set to finish at the foot of Beetham Tower on Deansgate, Manchester on Tuesday (9 October).

Bowler joined Jenics in 2000 and helped to establish the firm as a successful and respected hotel, leisure and land consultancy in the UK.

An Iron Man competitor and committed endurance cyclist outside of the office, Bowler began his professional career with Hillier Parker in London and initially moved to Manchester in the mid 1990s to set up an office in the city for the company.

He also went on to work with Mason Owen to develop a leisure department and later joined King Sturge to set up a North West leisure team before moving to Jenics.

A Jenics spokesperson says: “Many successful operators and developers benefited from Neil’s insight, advice and personal approach.

“Those that knew him will testify he was the archetypal ‘hail fellow well met’, gregarious and simply one who exuded passion, energy and confidence in everything he did.”

Bowler is survived by Rachel and their daughters aged 13 and 11.