Giggling Restaurants, the operator of the Giggling Squid Thai restaurant chain, has secured its fifth unit and said it had plans to extend the operation to 50 sites over the next five years. The group, which is led by husband and wife team Andy and Pranee Laurilland, plans to open an 80-cover restaurant in Henley-on-Thames on 6th November, adding to sites in Brighton, Hove and Crawley in Sussex and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It plans to expand the business north round the M25 and west along the M4. The company is also believed to have former Puccino’s coffee shop site in Reigate, Surrey, which it acquired last September, later this year. Pranee said: “There are no national Thai restaurant chains despite the increasing popularity of the food - we are hoping to be the first. It’s all about getting the food right. We have a long way to go to get there (to 50 sites) though we are enjoying every minute!” Giggling Squid, which opened its first restaurant in 2009 in Hove, offers authentic, rustic and fresh Thai cooking with the emphasis on street food and coastal specialities. Andy Laurilland, previously worked as marketing director of a FTSE 100 company. “We’ve fallen in love with Henley and from a logistical point of view, with plans to expand the business north round the M25 and west along the M4, it also makes sense to be located here,” he said. Fleurets acted on the Henley deal.