Byron, the Tom Byng-led better burger group, has further strengthened its openings pipeline by lining up openings in Cardiff, its first in Wales, and Dalston.

The group, which will open its seventieth site at the Westquay Watermark scheme in Southampton, has lined up a site at the new Curve development near Dalston Kingsland station in Kingsland High Street.

At the same time, the company has lined up a site in the St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff, opposite John Lewis.

Earlier this summer, the company secured a new £12m banking facility, which will aid its goal of reaching 100 restaurants in the next three years.

The group said the new facility, which is funded jointly by Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland’s Corporate, and runs until 2021, is in addition to existing arrangements and will provide capital to support its future growth plans as it continues its national roll-out.

In terms of a confirmed pipeline for 2016/17, the group has so far secured openings in Farnham, Watford, Bath, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Ipswich, Reading and Worcester.

It has also secured an opening in Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre for 2018, alongside Nando’s, Wagamama and ASK Italian.