Five Guys UK is in talks with its US parent company to expand in Europe beyond the five countries it currently operates in, according to reports.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Five Guys’ UK chief executive, John Eckbert, see further growth in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, where it already has sites, but also sees scope for the chain to thrive in other European nations.

“We are in discussions with the US business to expand our territory,” Mr Eckbert said. “We think Scandinavia, Austria, Switzerland and Italy would be logical places to go.”

Five Guys had 59 UK sites at the end of last year. Mr Eckbert said growth would continue in Britain: “We’re aiming for 20 new UK sites this year and think it’s conceivable to open that many for a few years,” he said. “We’ve got roughly 75 sites identified that we want to be in.”