East and West Restaurants, operator of the Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar, concept saw turnover in the year to 31 March 2012 break the £10m barrier for the first time, despite pre-tax profit falling from £1.1m to £784k during the period.

Turnover stood at £10.2m against £6.8m the previous year. The nine-strong group, which is led by chief executive Amrik Uppal and his brother and chief operating officer Kuldip Singh, plans to operate 20 sites under the format by the end of 2014 as it looks to take the “brand national”.

It recently opened in Watford, close to the town’s train station, and has further openings in Coventry, Newcastle and Wembley lined up for later this year.

It said that it had total assets less current liabilities of £3.2m at the year end, against £2.4m in 2011.

The group said: “The directors remain focused on investing in new restaurants, maximising effectiveness and remaining at the forefront of the buffet restaurant sector. The directors remain committed to expanding operations and continuing to introduce new culinary offerings.”

It opened in Derby and Luton during the year, and launched a flagship site in the O2 arena.

Last year, it demerged the business from its eight-strong Jimmy Spices chain.

The group completed the construction of a £1m central distribution hub last autumn, which it said would redefine distribution and quality control amongst its restaurants while saving 30% on costs per annum.

Based in Solihull, the 16,000sq ft former derelict building has been transformed to provide a head office, training and communications facility and a state-of-the-art warehouse that provides an area to train young apprentices in skills such as cooking, bakery, butchery and food hygiene.