Bella Italia, the Casual Dining Group restaurant brand, is to open 40 new sites by 2017, with openings lined up in Orpington, Chichester, Burton and Hemel Hempstead among others.

The openings will create 2,000 new jobs.

An average of 1,000 roles will be created per year, at locations across the country, an investment trend that Bella Italia expects to continue year on year for the foreseeable future.

The company said that for 2015, the majority of these jobs will be created in the South East of the country, with 400 new vacancies, while 200 people in the North West will be able to join the Bella Italia team.

A further 150 positions are to be opened up in London this year, followed by 120 in the South West, 110 in the East Midlands, 100 in the North East, and 80 in the West Midlands. The announcement of these new jobs comes after Bella Italia created 200 roles in the last two months, thanks to openings in Bristol, Dudley, Taplow and Ashton.

Catherine McGuckin, HR Director for Bella Italia, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to announce the creation of such a huge number of new jobs around the country, which we know will provide real opportunities for those looking for flexible, motivating work, whatever their experience. We’re investing heavily in our employer brand, including the launch of a new recruitment website, and these roles are a reflection of that. This comes as part of our national investment programme, which will see our whole estate refurbished, alongside the 40 new openings, by 2017.”