Island Poké has opened its first franchise site – a kiosk in Camden Market – on the back of a cash injection from hospitality investor, and global master franchise for German Doner Kebab (GDK), Hero Brands in March this year.

The north London site is the brand’s 13th branch and heralds a new direction for franchisee Hemanth Bollini, a GDK franchisee.

Bollini is one of two UK franchise partners Island Poké has just signed as it plans 23 new UK sites in the next five years as well as the 42 already planned in France and Benelux.

Further franchises are planned for London and talks are in progress with other potential franchise partners which could see a further 50 sites open in the UK.

Island Poké founder James Gould-Porter, said Camden Market had a tenant mix that the business felt it worked really well with and a customer base it was certain would relate to the brand and ethos.

“Opening a kiosk here, our first ever, is a great step for Island Poké, and we are excited to showcase our unique personable and high energy service to Camden Market’s patrons.”