Paul UK, the French bakery and café brand, has seen like-for-like sales increase 3.5% in the year to date, a period chief executive Jean-Michel Orieux told MCA had been “more challenging than past two years”.

Orieux told MCA that revenue across the 34-strong business was up 15% year-to-date on the back of the group’s full year to 31 December 2015, which it announced back in May and included a 6.3% rise in like-for-like sales.

He said: “Trading remains good but more challenging than past two years as consumer confidence has had some bumps since the beginning of the year. Our focus remains around quality and more and more local sourcing to improve the freshness of our produce to deliver prime quality products.”

The company recently opened a new site in Notting Hill, West London. The kiosk-style 464sq ft site is located just a stone’s throw from Notting Hill Gate tube station.

The company, which opened four new sites last year, plans to launch a similar number in total this year.

At the same time, nine refurbishments are planned as part of an intensive three to five-year refit programme designed to “enhance the overall customer experience and improve efficiency”.