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A royal appointment at Buckingham Palace for North Somerset business duo Nick and Shezan

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 March 2017

Shezan Aslam and Nick Taplin at Buckingham Palace.

Shezan Aslam and Nick Taplin at Buckingham Palace.


Two of North Somerset’s most prominent businessmen have enjoyed a royal engagement at Buckingham Palace, where they were guests of honour.

Nick Taplin, who is the owner of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, in Congresbury and director of Black and White Hospitality, was joined by fellow Black and White boss Shezan Aslam at the palace, where they met the Duke of Edinburgh.

They were invited to the palace after they launched a campaign to raise £60,000 for Action Medical Research For Children, as the Duke is a patron of the charity.

The duo are taking on a gruelling 500km cycle ride from London to Paris in July in aid of the charity as part of a 35-person team from Black and White Hospitality, after they completed a similar experience last year.

Nick said: “We did a similar ride last year and was a fantastic experience so are delighted to be doing it again for Action Medical Research for Children.

“We certainly didn’t expect an invite to meet the Duke and was a real honour and privilege to have been personally invited.

“The Duke sure is as quick-witted as the media reports and has a certain sparkle in his eye. To tell him we are aiming to raise £60,000 for a charity he is so closely linked was a great thing to do and he was really impressed.”

If you would like to sponsor Nick, Shezan and the rest of Team Black and White ahead of their challenge, you can log on to to donate.

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