Black Sheep Coffee, the fast-growing specialty coffee roaster and café operator, has confirmed its plans for a double opening in Manchester and to further strengthen its presence in the capital.

As previously flagged up by MCA, the current 10-strong company has confirmed it will make its regional debut with openings at - at 60 Spring Gardens and at 4 Piccadilly Place in Manchester.

The company, which has openings lined up in Centre Point, South Bank Tower and Principal Place, has also secured five new sites in the capital – in Hackney Central Station, 189 Victoria Street, Aldgate High Street, Cannon Street and Pentonville Road.

At the same time, MCA understands the company is set to further strengthen its head office team with the appointment of Mayuri Vachhani, formerly of Canteen and Ed’s Easy Diner, as its new finance director.

Vachhani stepped down as finance director of Big Easy Restaurants, operator of the Big Easy brand and the Clos Maggiore restaurant, earlier this year.

She previously spent just under two years as finance director at Canteen, after over three years as financial controller at ASK.

Black Coffee recently strengthened its head office team with the appointments of its first head of people & talent, and head of property.

The company appointed Andrew Healey, who was most recently London director – hospitality & retail for 360 Resourcing Solutions, as its head of people & talent.

At the same time, it has appointed Michael Leith, former head of construction at Itsu, as its new head of property.