Patisserie Valerie, the Risk Capital-backed upmarket café chain, is on course to open its 50th site by the year. The company, which is part of Patisserie Holdings, has grown by 50% over the last 12 months, currently operates 47 sites but is set to open another four by the end of the year in Birmingham Pavilions, Henley-on-Thames, Hove and Richmond. The majority of the chain’s sites are in London and the south of England, but this year it has ramped up its presence in the Midlands and the North, with openings in Burton, Chester Liverpool, Manchester and York. Patisserie Valerie, which is led by chief executive Paul May, has previously talked about taking the chain to over a 100 sites in the UK, plus 15 in the Middle East, where it currently operates two franchise stores in Bahrain and Dubai respectively. Patisserie Holdings operates an estate of 79 cafes in total, including four Baker & Spice-branded units in London and 28 Druckers outlets.