Revolution Bars Group, the listed-bar and casual dining operator, has appointed Jimmy Del Giudice, who has been with the company for 25 years, as its new chief operations officer.

Having joined in 1991 as a general manager, Del Giudice was part of the team that launched the original Manchester Revolution in 1996. He was integral in developing and managing the recruitment, training and opening processes for all new bars.

As Revolution continued to grow, he became an area manager, whilst continuing to handle the launch of new bars. As the Revolution brand underwent its extensive brand evolution, Del Giudice and other senior members of the Revolution team travelled the world to find inspiration.

He said: “I’m really proud to be recognised for my hard work and dedication to Revolution over the last 25 years. Revolution as a brand may be over 20 years old, but it is still current, exciting and constantly evolving, and so it is a brand I love working for.

“As chief operations officer, I want to ensure we continue to keep on top of the trends and constantly evolve our brands. Everyone I work with is so passionate about Revolution. I want to say thanks to all off the team at Revolution for all of their support over the last 25 years and to Mark McQuater for allowing us to continue to develop innovative ideas to ensure the business is always moving forward.”

McQuater, chief executive at Revolution Bars Group, said: “Jimmy has been a valued member of the Revolution team for 25 years, and has achieved incredible results for both of our brands. In particular, Jimmy was instrumental to the development of the Revolución de Cuba brand. We thought it was only right to recognise his hard work and loyalty with this new role.”

Last month, the company reported that like-for-like sales grew 2.3% in the year to 30 June 2016, as it announced three new openings. Total sales for the period increased by £7.7m ( up 6.9%) to £119.5m.

The group said it had secured licensing and planning consents for new sites in Harrogate, Glasgow and Aberdeen for the new financial year.