Handmade Burger Co beefs up growth plans
A Birmingham restaurant business has unveiled plans to grow its 20-strong chain after bagging a £400,000 investment package.
The Handmade Burger Company said it would continue its rapid expansion by opening new sites in Southampton and Glasgow later this year with the funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
It also has its sights set on a Nottingham restaurant and a third Birmingham outlet in 2015.
The opening of the new outlets will see the creation of about 30 jobs at each venue.
Owned by Jewellery Quarter-based outfit The Sargeant Partnership, The Handmade Burger Company was founded in 2006 when it opened its first restaurant in Brindleyplace.
The brand has gone on to enjoy steady growth, opening outlets across the UK in cities including Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Owner Chris Sargeant said: "We have enjoyed rapid growth since opening our very first restaurant in 2006, and through this investment we look forward to taking our brand into a variety of new locations in the UK.
"With our roots in Birmingham, we are excited to be opening our third city outlet next year in Grand Central as part of the redevelopment of New Street Station, which promises to become an important location among our nationwide chain.
"Throughout our expansion, we have stayed true to our original fresh food philosophy, and I am proud to say that our food is, and always will remain, fresh, honest and handmade."
Phil Davies, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, added: "We're passionate about supporting British businesses, and The Handmade Burger Company is a great example of successful enterprise which we are proud to support.
"This is an investment which reinforces our commitment to enabling businesses to expand, and we look forward to seeing the company's ambitious growth plans come to fruition in the months ahead."
PIC: Phil Davies of Lloyds with Handmade Burger co-owner Chris Sargeant