Bagel Nash, the Leeds-based specialist bagel bakery and coffee bar chain, has appointed Sally Holme, the former managing director of Betty’s & Taylor’s, as its new non-executive chairman. Holme, who started her career at Bettys & Taylor’s as a graduate trainee, was the company’s managing director from 1998 to 2009. In August, YFM Equity Partners, the private equity group, backed the management buyin of Bagel Nash, which operates 11 coffee and bagel bars spread across the North and the Midlands, The company, which has its own artisan bakery, produces over 12 million bagels a year exporting to over 20 countries. YFM Equity Partners said the new investment would also provide capital to finance the chain’s plans to open new outlets in the North, North-West and the Midlands and would further aid the growth of its wholesale and export trade. The investment fund backed Andy Micklethwaite as the new chief executive of the company and Sara Hildreth as retail operations director. Micklethwaite has 30 years of retail and food manufacturing experience. In 2000 he led the management buyin of food manufacturing business Symington’s, growing the business from £17m to a turnover of £55m.

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