Ten Entertainment Group is reconfiguring its bowling alley sites to make them “covid secure”.

The Duncan Garood-led group said its business was well positioned for the “new normal”, with large spaces that can facilitate social distancing.

In a trading update, Ten Entertainment said it had secured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and relevant hygiene materials in preparation for reopening.

The company said it has a strong balance sheet to weather the crisis, a strong cash position giving it resilience for a potential second wave, rigorous cost management in place, and a strongly cash generative business model.

Last year, total sales were up 10.2% year on year to £84.1m. Like for like sales growth was up 5.4 percentage points to +8% in 2019. Adjusted profit before tax was up 14.5% to £15.4m.

A statement from the company said: “While we are not providing profit guidance, we believe that on resumption of normal trading our prospects remain strong. Our strategy for growth is proven, and we offer good value entertainment for families and friends. We are ready to return to business with a highly relevant model in the post Covid-19 world and a resilient cash position that protects the business through this period of uncertainty.”

In response to crisis CEO Duncan Garood said the company had reduced costs to a minimum, utilised Government assistance and secured backing from lenders, landlords, business partners and shareholders.

He added: “We are grateful to all those partners for their support as we are to the Government and our teams. Together, these actions have put us in a strong position to withstand the impact of the crisis and to take advantage of opportunities that will arise when restrictions are lifted.”