Patisserie Valerie, Prezzo and Marston’s are the latest companies to become members of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

The trio join recent recruits including restaurant companies PizzaExpress, Leon, Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Itsu and Wahaca, along with pub companies New World Trading Company and Urban Pubs & Bars.

The ALMR said that the latest membership additions mean it now represents well in excess of 90% of all major casual dining brands, managed pubs, and leading nightclubs and bar operators.

It said that its 220 operating company members account for more than 26,000 outlets and 650,000 employees.

Chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The recent influx of members has helped to boost our ranks and solidify our position as the leading voice for the eating and drinking out market in the UK. We are the only trade association incorporating such a diverse range of members from all aspects of hospitality, including traditional pubs, bars, casual dining outlets, universities and nightclubs.

“It’s clear the industry is increasingly recognising the value and crucial importance of campaigning and speaking to government with one voice. In the run up to the general election, we will continue to champion our sector to key stakeholders across all political parties as a crucial growth champion with turnover of £60bn, employing more than 1.5 million people.”