ETM Group has appointed Simon Gaske, formerly of Stonegate and Novus Leisure, as sales director.

Gaske spent the last six months as chief marketing officer at Ambl, a tech start-up specialising in last-minute real-time reservations.

He was with Stonegate for three years as sales director, and spent four-and-half years at Novus as marketing director and customer experience director.

ETM’s latest accounts for FY2022 reported turnover of £21.6m compared to £6.8m in 2021, and a return to EBITDA profitability of £2m, compared to a £1.6m loss in 2021.

The 12-strong premium bar, pub and restaurant operator recently secured more than £11m in funding from ThinCats, which it will use to refinance its bank loans and to provide “suitable working capital headroom to underpin further organic growth”.