ETM Group, the eight-strong London-based gastro-pub operator led by Tom and Ed Martin, has doubled pre-tax profit in its most recent year to 28 February 2010 (writes Paul Charity). Turnover rose from £8.3m in 2009 to £10.3m with pre-tax profit jumping from £289,985 to £661,665. The company has three freeholds in its portfolio, having bought the Gun in London’s Docklands from Punch Taverns in January 2010. A sizeable events business has been developed at the Gun - it hosts up to six a day. It still has two Punch leasehold sites, both in the City. A statement in recently-filed Companies House accounts stated: “The directors are aware the increase in VAT in 2011 coupled with other global factors, including food price rises, make controlling margins within the business difficult. “However, they believe the group is in a good operational position to see out the expected tough times.” No final dividend was paid but there was an interim dividend of £190,000, up from £160,000 the year before. ETM Group pitched againast 65 other operators to win the chance to tenant a vacant site in London’s Sloane Square, which it has re-opened as the Botanist. The company employed its first executive chef last year. ETM Group was established in 2000 by the Martin brothers.