Jongleurs, the comedy club group founded by Maria Kempinska, is planning to raise £500,000 through a private placing as it looks to expand the brand internationally before a possible listing on AIM in 18 months time. Kempinska, who took back control of the Jongleurs name when Regent Inns went through a pre-pack administration, told M&C Report that the company would use the fundraising to launch the brand internationally through comedy clubs, TV programmes and a talent agency. She said that the group, which is already in talks regarding opening a club, in New York would look at opportunities in Australia, the Far East and the Middle East. She said: “Jongleurs' ability to develop comic talent is second to none through our live operation and with investment we will do the same in media. We need investors who understand the zeitgeist of comedy and are keen to see the expansion of comedy into live, media and management. We have such a strong operation and intellectual capital that we can franchise the brand globally.” Kempinska told The Times that her first priority was to secure a leasehold site in central London. The company, which has hired Webb Capital to advise on the fundraising, is forecast to show an increase in revenue from £1.9m this year to £10.3m in 2013. It currently operates around 20 venues and comedy nights across the UK, which includes partnerships with nightclub operator Luminar, Novus Leisure and a number of venue launches under its franchise agreement with Momo Leisure. In March, Jongleurs said it planned to open a further eight sites across the UK as it extended its link up with Luminar.