Carl’s Jr quick-service burger brand is looking to accelerate its presence in the UK and mainland Europe, MCA has learnt.

Tim Lowther, who has just been appointed general manager at parent company CKE Restaurants for Europe and the Russian Federation told MCA that the next couple of months would see him getting to know franchisees in Europe and in the US and getting a feel for the day-to-day business.

“The view there is to start to build a picture to help us accelerate our presence here in Europe,” he said.

CKE Restaurants has so far expanded Carl’s Jr into Denmark, Russia, Spain, Turkey, France and Belarus.

“The focus will be on Carl’s and growing the estate. The UK is an interesting market. There are other interesting markets around Europe that I will be analysing and spending time getting to know over the next couple of months before we make any final decisions.

“But, of course, the UK is part of that. It would be great to find some fantastic partners here in the UK as it would be across the rest of Europe,” added Lowther.

There were more than 70 venues in Europe and Lowther said he believed that could grow “significantly” in the next couple of years.