Papa John’s UK, the pizza delivery company, saw its pre-tax loss widen from £1.459m to £1.965m in the year to 26 December 2010. The company, which currently operates 162 outlets under franchise in the UK, saw operating losses increase from £1.421m to £1.949, while turnover increased by 17.1% from £16.133m in 2009 to £18.906m last year. The chain, which grew its estate from 120 sites to 151 during 2010, said that like-for-like retail sales over the year “grew significantly”, with underlying comparable sales through its UK Delco (delivery and carry out) outlets growing by more than 7% – the fifth consecutive year of underlying growth. During the year the company opened a commissary in Milton Keynes after a £5.5m investment from parent company Papa John’s International, which became fully operational in August 2011. The facility, which had start up costs of around £335,000, is considered to have a capacity to supply 400 outlets in Britain. The chain also completed the sale of its remaining 13 corporate stores to franchisees, which provided a net income of £66,000. In accounts filed at Companies House, the chain, which is led by UK managing director Jack Swaysland, said that trading conditions would remain challenging in the near future. It said that the sector remained “intensely competitive with significant promotional discounting continuing to take “. However, it remained “confident that the Papa John’s brand will continue to establish itself in the UK pizza sector”. The company also said that it was set to write off an outstanding £2.1m loan in regard to Perfect Pizza, which went into administration earlier this year. It said it has “a contingent liability with the approximately 50 lease arrangements for Perfect Pizza restaurant sites, for which the Perfect Pizza franchisees and franchisor are primarily liable, and one distribution centre lease, for which the Perfect Pizza franchisor is liable”. The chain said that the maximum amount it would be required to make in the event of non-payment under all of such leases was approximately £2.7m.