Chinese takeaway chain Hotcha is aiming to expand to more than 100 stores across the UK in the next five years.

The company, which serves up freshly made Chinese dishes for collection or delivery, was founded three years ago by entrepreneur James Liang, with the aim of creating the UK’s first national Chinese takeaway brand.

There are currently nine Hotcha own operated stores across the South West.

The next stage of growth sees business partners Keith Janion and Chris Wright aiming to open ten new sites in the next few years in the Liverpool and Chester areas.

Laing said: “I am delighted to welcome our new franchisees who, with their background in business and catering come with a wealth of experience and represent the next chapter in the expansion of the business across the UK. We look forward to welcoming more franchisees in the region. They can either sign up to operate one outlet or can invest in a portfolio of stores.”