Indian restaurant chain Mowgli Street Food is set to increase its workforce to 700 by the middle of next year as it prepares to open its 13th establishment.
The Liverpool-based company, which was founded by Nisha Katona, a West Lancashire-born lawyer turned entrepreneur, will open in Charlotte Street in London in November.
The latest move precedes planned expansion to Preston, Bristol, Brighton, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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The company has been backed by private equity firm Foresight Group since it injected Â£ 3.5million in 2017. At the time, Mowgli was operating from two locations in Liverpool and Manchester.
Mowgli aims to launch four to five new restaurants per year and has ambitions to open in Newcastle, Chelmsford and Cambridge.
Nisha Katona said: âForesight and its expert advisors have supported our continued growth, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, allowing us to expand into new geographies without compromising the quality of our offering.
âThey supported us side by side as we emerged from the Covid crisis in a position of strength and resilience in the face of the unprecedented circumstances our industry currently faces.
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âBeing mainly based outside London in college towns has helped counter the recruitment challenges. We currently employ 510 people and are creating 40 new local jobs in every city we open, so by July 2022 we will employ just under 700 people.
âAnd we operate a tight supply chain with a lot of our recipes based on legumes rather than red meat, which has helped us protect ourselves from supply shortages.
âWhat we want to do now is strengthen our position of strength by developing ourselves further, while maintaining the integrity of our brand and continuing to offer customers what they have always loved about Mowgli. Foresight supports this vision and has made running the business stress free.
âThere has been governance at the level, but they understand that we want to keep the valuable brand and haven’t forced us to compromise – there has been no pressure to do home delivery or kits. meals, for example. The Foresight team is patient and allows us to remain precious, independent and cult.
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Foresight partner Claire Alvarez added, âIt was an absolute pleasure to support Nisha on her journey to transform Mowgli Street Food from a regional business to a nationwide operation.
âWe recognized from the start that the brand had enormous potential and it is because of Nisha’s passion and willingness to partner with our team that Mowgli Street Food continues to thrive, even against all odds.
âWe are very excited about what the future holds for the company and are proud that it was built in the Northwest. ”