Vapiano, the Italian fresh casual dining group, saw pre-tax profits almost double from £373,633 to £760,778 in 2013 on turnover up 14.4% to £7.5m.

Operating profits rose from £372,509 to £760,778 for the company, which opened its third London site in Soho in June.

Gross profit margin increased from 44% to 45% in the year.

“Trading performance remained strong and the directors look forward to the business growing its revenues further in the coming year,” the company said.

Speaking to M&C Report in March, Vapiano UK and US managing director Phil Sermon said the group plans to more than double in size to 300 sites globally over the next five years as it targets openings in larger UK cities under franchise. It currently operates c140 sites in around 30 countries.