Filmore & Union, the independent café and deli chain, is opening three sites before the end of this year before expanding into the northwest in 2015, M&C Report has learnt.

The Yorkshire-based group has secured sites in Skipton and Beverley to open before November and in Harrogate to open in November.

Adele Ashley, who leads the group, told M&C Report: “Ultimately the plan is to go national. I’m looking for investment to roll-out in the northwest next year. I think it will possibly be equity but would like to bring a skill base to the group.”

The group will target a cluster of cafes in the northwest beginning next year before looking to other parts of the country.

Following the opening of its site at Newcastle station earlier this year, Ashley said more will follow: “We are in talks with Network Rail to go in to more of their locations. It goes hand in hand with national expansion plans.”

“We have a few things in the pipeline for other parts of the country that we are in talks for at the moment.”

The group currently has one café at Roka gym in York and Ashley which could be expanded upon: “We are moving further in to the fitness industry so probably by default we will have more gyms. We have been approached by a few more gyms.”

Meanwhile, the group is preparing to launch a fitness range, move to larger production kitchen, which will be 100% gluten free, and has launched a business catering menu for offices and businesses that want to offer healthy lunch options.

Ashley, who previously rolled out a network of wellness clinics said: “I’m an all or nothing person, if you have a good idea do it.”