Dublin-based restaurant brand Camile Thai will open a further 15 sites across the UK and Ireland this year, creating over 300 jobs.

Seven of the 15 new sites will be located in the UK, the first of which will open in a former Ask site in Twickenham at the end of March. Though the Twickenham restaurant will be franchise-owned, it will be followed by two further company-owned openings in Epsom and Streatham in coming months.

Of the 300 jobs the business is looking to create, 80 will be UK-based, and will be across several roles including retail, operations, property management, business development and sales, marketing, and culinary.

The announcement follows a series of senior appointments at Camile Thai earlier this month, which saw former Restaurant Group CEO Andy McCue and venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Brian Caulfield join the board.

Alongside its growth strategy, the business is planning to raise €10 million to further its tech-driven developments – which include the use of delivery drones and kitchen robotics – and has also launched a “franchise as service” venture, offering flexible franchise options for business owners with underused commercial kitchens who might be interested in pivoting to Camile’s delivery menu.

“Despite an extremely difficult year for the hospitality sector, for Camile 2020 has seen rapid growth,” said founder Brody Sweeney. “Our suburban, delivery focussed model has proven to be pandemic proof in the last eleven months, not least in terms of revenue and sales.

“This has enabled us to not only push forward with our aggressive expansion plans, but also to prematurely move ahead with our main goal - our tech pivot”