Bob & Berts, the Northern Ireland-based, coffee shop chain, which is backed by the Business Growth Fund (BGF), has confirmed its entry into Scotland.

As reported by MCA last month, the brand will launch its first Scottish site in Falkirk in September, with Dunfermline and Stirling to follow.

The group is understood to be planning seven sites north of the border.

It is thought that if successful the launch in Scotland will subsequently lead to the company, which operates 15 sites in Northern Ireland, looking at opportunities in the north of England.

Founder Colin McClean told Herald Scotland: “We are excited to be bringing our business to Scotland, having spent time immersing ourselves in so many different locations and active communities.”

As MCA reported last month, the business, which is chaired by former Tragus chief financial officer Mohan Mansigani, has appointed Claire Palmer, formerly of Argento and Beannchor, as its new finance director.

Palmer takes over from Simon McKenna, also formerly of jewellery chain Argento.

In August last year, Bob & Berts announced it was to open 30 stores across the north, Republic of Ireland and Scotland in the next four years having secured £2m from the BGF.

Bob & Berts was founded in Portstewart by Colin McClean, his father Arnold and brother-in-law David Ferguson.