Burger King UK has acquired Romford-based Burger King franchise business Zing Leisure Limited, in a deal which sees 17 sites added to its company-owned portfolio.

The fast-food chain said it was “moving into a year of growth” and was committed to organic opportunities to roll out the brand further, as part of the group’s wider plans to continue to revitalise the brand across the UK.

Alasdair Murdoch, chief executive, Burger King UK, said: “This significant acquisition is a great way to progress in what’s been a challenging year, and demonstrates our commitment to growth of the brand.

“I would like to thank Zing Leisure Limited for their support along with the enormous contribution they have made to Burger King in the UK over the past 25 years. The restaurants have been run in an exemplary way and we welcome the restaurant teams as they become part of an ever-growing BK UK Group.”

Following the acquisition, Burger King UK will operate 142 company-owned sites, within a total estate of 491 restaurants.