Andrew Emmerson, former business development director at Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland, has taken a non-executive director role at Hotcha, the South West-based Chinese takeaway operator, as it looks to launch a franchise offer to aide its expansion plans across the UK, M&C Report has learnt.

Emmerson, who has also taken a non-exec role at the Manchester-based coffee chain Rhode Island, stepped down from Domino’s at the end of 2012. He was previously managing director at Millie’s Cookies.

Hotcha has announced plans to open 150 sites in the UK over the next five years.

The company, which is led by founder James Liang and has a turnover in excess of £1.5m, is investing £150k in the opening of its tenth site this May in Stroud.

Liang said: “These are seriously exciting times for Hotcha, and opening our tenth store will be a launch pad for a successful 2014. We have ambitious growth plans and aim to be the number one takeaway chain in the UK in the next few years.”

Rhode Island currently operates five sites in the north west and was named UK Coffee Shop Chain of the Year by the Cafe Society in 2011.

It will open a new flagship site in Altrincham this spring.