Ben O'Brien

Ben O'Brien

Managing Director, Sessions Kitchens

Ben is an entrepreneur with experience building businesses and brands across retail, hospitality, events and music. Ben co-founded artist management company Nuxx after university, expanding into a publishing company and record label. Whilst living on Borough Market Ben saw an opportunity to pair great food and great music and in 2007 began taking Borough Market traders to music festivals.

In 2009 he launched Sourced Market with a site in St Pancras station, changing station retail from Upper Crust and Whistlestop to artisan coffee and craft beer. With crowd and VC backing Ben grew this business to five sites and a £10m valuation before employing a career MD and stepping into a non-exec role.

In 2021 Ben joined Sessions, helping the next generation of food founders launch and scale new concepts both physically and virtually. As MD of Sessions Kitchens Ben opened Shelter Hall food hall in Brighton in April 2021 and to support the growth of new concepts has opened a dark kitchen, taken over a pub and a former kebab shop and has in the pipeline further food halls and a new restaurant concept.