Clapham House, the company set up by the former boss of PizzaExpress, David Page, to acquire fledgling restaurant concepts has bought the Bombay Bicycle Club, an Indian food operation it says could grow to 40 outlets in London alone. Bombay Bicycle Club currently runs one restaurant in Clapham, South London and five delivery units in Fulham, Wimbledon, Tooting, Putney and Battersea, delivering to a database of more than 100,000 customers. Clapham House is paying £1.85m now to acquire the company, with a further £575,000 due in 12 months. It intends using Bombay Bicycle Club as a platform to begin a consolidation of the fragmented UK Indian restaurant and delivery sector, which currently consists of more than 6,000 outlets in the UK with a combined turnover worth in excess of £1bn. In a statement this morning, it said: "Clapham House will use this business as the base on which to build, by acquisition and organic growth, a group of Indian restaurants and delivery units focused on first-rate food and service." The Bombay Bicycle Club concept, a smart "mother" restaurant, with strategically-located "daughter" delivery units around it, has been very successful, Clapham House said, and it believe the formula can be replicated throughout the UK, with London alone having the capacity for up to 40 restaurants and delivery locations. The plan now is that after expansion within the M25, Clapham House will look to grow the format throughout the UK. It would also look to build supermarket sales for the brand, in the way that PizzaExpress has been doing, selling pizzas and sauces in chains such as Waitrose. Clapham House said while two of the existing directors of the Bombay Bicycle Club will stay on for 12 months to assist with its integration, it has recruited Sarah Willingham from PizzaExpress to be managing director of the business. Willingham was responsible for launching new restaurants, acquisitions and the integration of new businesses at PizzaExpress. She will now be acquiring 9.5% of the shares in the Bombay Bicycle Club, Clapham House said. In 2002/03 the Bombay Bicycle Club saw ebitda before exceptional items and directors' costs of £344,000 on sales of £2.6m. Bombay Bicycle Club is Clapham House's second acquisition since it floated on Aim in November, the first being the Real Greek restaurant group in December.