Bristol-based, healthy eating concept Friska hopes to use its debut site in Manchester as a springboard for further openings in the city and the north west.

The eight-strong group, which is currently in talks on securing new funding, confirmed earlier this week that it would open in the Bright Building at Manchester Science Park this July.

Co-founder Griff Holland said told MCA: “This opening will help us bolt on a number of sites in a much easier way than having to run each store independent of itself. It will be very much along the same way as we have expanded in Bristol.”

Holland said that the group has also begun a search for a chairman to aid its next stage of growth.

MCA revealed earlier this year that Friska was in talks with industry figures and private equity houses about a proposed investment in the business.

Holland told MCA the eight-strong group had put together a business plan to seek significant to roll out the concept to further provincial cities.

It will open a site at Luton Airport next month as part of a franchise agreement with Delaware North.

Holland said he expected the group, which currently has seven sites in Bristol and one in Birmingham, to open four or five in 2017, with university campuses and airports potential locations for growth.