Rudy’s, the Manchester-based pizza concept, which is backed by the team behind Mission Mars, is planning to open four new sites over the next 12 months across the North of England, MCA understands.

The concept, which was launched Ancoats in 2015 by couple Jim Morgan and Kate Wilson, has appointed property advisers Jenics to seek sites in cities including Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

The company will open its second site next month in Petersfield House on Manchester’s Peter Street, just up the road from Albert’s Schloss.

Mission Mars, the bar operator behind Manchester-based bars such as Trof and Albert’s Schloss, bought a stake in Rudy’s earlier this year.

The team behind Mission Mars, which includes Revolution Vodka Bar co-founders Neil Macleod and Roy Ellis, did not disclosed the size of its stake but Morgan and Wilson remain as shareholders.

Wilson said at the time of the new investment: “We have been astounded by the response to Rudy’s over the past year and half and in many ways we were not quite prepared for it. By joining Mission Mars we will be able to continue to fulfil the demand of our wonderful customers with the support and guidance of an established and well-loved operator.”