Qdos Entertainment Group (Qdos) was established in 1999, in a major expansion of what was formerly Nick Thomas Enterprises. Qdos is now wholly owned by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Nick & Sandra Thomas.
Between 1999 and 2021 Nick led the teams that created one of the largest broad-based entertainment Groups in the UK. The history of Qdos is firmly rooted in traditional entertainment values. Nick grew the business both organically and by acquiring new complementary businesses that could be run by highly skilled management teams. By 2019, what started as a small family business, run from a spare room, Nick & Sandra were responsible for 1,200+ staff across 21 sites. Having turned 60 in 2019, they re-evaluated life and decided to find new owners for Qdos’ two core businesses, HQ Theatres & Hospitality Ltd and Qdos Pantomimes Ltd.
In March 2021, Nick & Sandra sold HQ Theatres & Hospitality Ltd to Trafalgar Entertainment Group led by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire, partnered with Barings, the global investment and pension fund manager. In May 2021 they sold Qdos Pantomimes Ltd to Crossroads Live Holdings UK Ltd an acquisition vehicle partnered in the US by Raven Capital Management LLC and chaired in the UK by David Ian.
Nick & Sandra have retained their Qdos Entertainment brand, which continues to operate in the theatre production and leisure sectors. During 2023 co-productions include ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – London Palladium, ‘Crazy for You’ – Gillian Lynne Theatre and ‘The Little Big Things’ -@sohoplace. Qdos also continues to operate the following long-established businesses.