Restaurant operator Clapham House Group is to accelerate its expansion after a year when turn over leapt from £17.3m to £46m. Financial Times. The Times

Clapham House operates Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Real Greek, Bombay Bicycle Club and Tootsies chains.

'We remain extremely positive regarding the prospects for the UK casual dining market and in particular for our formats,' said David Page, chairman of the group.

He added that the company was continuing to find and sign up sites. Building was under way at five locations, and contracts had been exchanged on another seven.

The group is also understood to be in talks with potential franchise partners in Turkey about the expansion of Gourmet Burger Kitchen.