Sessions Market has appointed Sourced Market founder Ben O’Brien as chief operations officer and secured a new round of investment from Perscitus.

O’Brien founded Sourced Market in 2007 after spying a gap in the market for high quality, locally sourced produce, and set up the first permanent site in St Pancras station.

Perscitus LLP is an independent, London based investment consultant, with a portfolio of more than 100 companies.

The Imbiba-backed Sessions Market was founded in 2019 by ex-Deliveroo UK MD Dan Warne.

The food hall concept says it aims to provide a launchpad for food concepts to scale rapidly through innovative use of spare kitchen capacity in the hospitality sector.

The company has also appointed head of special projects Abby Hughes, creative culinary director Luke Thomas, commercial director Roisin Howard, restaurant director Olivia Reid and CFO Ian Banks.

Shelter Hall, the company’s first food hall, relaunches in Brighton next month, having taken thousands of bookings even before menus were published, and debuting last summer under a raw format.

The second site is scheduled to open by the end of 2021 and there are further plans for hospitality pop-ups and concepts throughout the year.

Warne said: “This is a very exciting time for the industry as a more positive future for hospitality approaches, and given we first launched Sessions Market during Covid-19’s lockdown, myself and the team have great ambitions to take the business to the next level and continue the growth going forward.

“looking forward to seeing how the next chapter of Sessions Market unfolds with the invaluable expertise and ambition of our newly bolstered team at the heart of the business.”