Humpit Hummus, the Leeds-based vegan concept, is looking to expand further across the North and the Midlands, after securing new investment.

The humus and pita bar concept, which began life as a street food operation, currently operates sites in Leeds and Sheffield.

Venturian’s investment will fund an expansion programme with the business planning to triple its number of restaurants to nine sites within the next two years. The bulk of the new sites will be in prime locations in Yorkshire and the North East as well as the North West of England. As a result of this expansion 

Jonathan Phillips, founder of Humpit, said: ”It’s been an unbelievable three years that have now resulted in a game-changing opportunity for Humpit. I am delighted that the guys at Venturian believe in Humpit and share my passion and we are now looking to develop the company together which gives me the help and support that I need. Our latest store inside Leeds University is a really exciting opportunity and together with Venturian I am confident that we will be able to secure some great new sites”.

Greg Allsopp, investment director at Venturian, said: ”We are thrilled to be supporting Jonathan on the next stage of his journey with Humpit. He has built a fantastic brand with a high quality food offering and a loyal and growing customer base. With the growth in popularity of healthy eating and the huge rise in veganism, Humpit is extremely relevant in today’s food market. We see a significant opportunity for the business to expand into new cities, bringing the Humpit brand to a new audience.”

It has appointed property advisors Sixteen Real Estate to seek 400sq ft to 2,000sq ft sites in locations in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham and Newcastle.