Black Sheep Coffee, the fast-growing coffee roaster and café operator, is eyeing its first regional opening, in Manchester, MCA understands.

The seven-strong group, which has a further six openings lined up in London, has applied to open at 60 Spring Gardens in the city.

The company will open in the Leadenhall Building (Cheesegrater) this spring, with further openings to follow at the South Bank Tower development; Regent’s Place; Principal Place – Worship Street; at the Centre Point building and at Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf.

Some of the new stores will have feature the group’s new “after work concept” with London brewed craft beers, and coffee inspired cocktails such as expresso martinis and Irish coffee.

The group recently appointed David Ellison, formerly of Pret and Costa, as its new head of operations.

The company was founded in 2013 by four university friends, roasting its own coffee and distributing it online and wholesale to restaurants, coffee shops and hotels as well as distributing espresso machines to serve as a one-­stop resource.