Handmade Burger Company, the Sargeant Partnership-owned group, has secured a new £400,000 funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, to support plans to open four new sites.

The 20-strong group plans to open in Southampton and Glasgow later this year and Birmingham and Nottingham in 2015.

The company is believed to have secured a site at Southampton’s West Quay development, in St Vincent Street, Glasgow and is the latest operator to sign up to open at the Grand Central scheme in Birmingham.

The opening of the new outlets will see the creation of around 30 new jobs at each site.

The brand, which opened its 20th site in June in Manchester, is understood to have taken the former Paperino’s site in St Vincent Street in Glasgow.

It has also signed to the new £50m West Central scheme in Bournemouth. Nando’s, Ask Italian, Chiquito, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny’s are also believed to have signed up to the scheme which is due to open in mid-2016

Chris Sargeant said: “We have enjoyed rapid growth since opening our very first restaurant in 2006 and, through this investment, we look forward to taking our brand into a variety of new locations in the UK.”

Phil Davies, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “We’re passionate about supporting British businesses and The Handmade Burger Company is a great example of successful enterprise which we are proud to support.

“This is an investment which reinforces our commitment to enabling businesses to expand, and we look forward to seeing the company’s ambitious growth plans come to fruition in the months ahead.”