Andy Emmerson, former business development director at Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland, has stepped up to become chairman of Hotcha, the Chinese takeaway business, as it gears up for its next stage of growth, MCA understands.

Emmerson has been a non-executive director of the Bristol-based concept for over two years, but has stepped up to become chairman as it closes in on securing new investment partners.

The 10-strong group, which is led by James Liang, will open its first franchise site in Liverpool next month, with further franchisees signed up to open units in East Anglia and Berkshire.

The group is also set to open new company-owned sites in Cardiff and Newbury by the end of September.

It is also believed to be working a number of other franchise deals to expand the brand further across the UK.

Last year, the company signed a deal with multi-site operators Chris Wright and Keith Janion to open 10 stores in the north west of England. It is currently in talks to open a second site under the franchise agreement in Chester.

Last year, the company withdrew its £1m Crowdcube mini-bond offer after receiving investment interest from private equity firms and investment groups.