Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail bar chain, is closing in on its first site in the North West, in Manchester.

The 23-strong group, which will open in Oxford this quarter, has agreed terms to acquire the former Circle Bar at the top of the city’s Deansgate area. It hopes to exchange on the site this week, with an opening scheduled for this summer.

The company, which recently secured a site in Leeds, is also close to securing its first site in Wales, in Cardiff.

It is in discussions to take part of former The Bunker bar site in the city’s St Mary Street, with an opening scheduled for late March if discussions are successful.

It recently secured the Teppan 260 site situated in The Electric Press, Millennium Square, in the Leeds’ Great George Street, with an opening scheduled for May.

The company, which saw like-for-like sales climb 15% in the five weeks to 28 December, is confident that it can eventually grow its estate to up to 120 sites in the UK.

In November, it appointed experienced property professional Chris James as its new property director to aid its expansion plans.