Soho House, the bar, restaurant and private members club company owned by Richard Caring and headed by Nick Jones, has reported sales up 16.9% to £45.4m (writes Paul Charity). The company, which operates the Soho House members’ club, Electric in Notting Hill, the Hoxton Grill and Dean Street Town House as part of a group of nine premises, saw operating profit increase by 15.6% to £3.2m in the year to 28 March 2010 compared to £2.8m in 2009. Profit before tax was £3,003,000 compared to £2,262,832 the year before. The financial year saw a contribution of nine months from the Hoxton Grill, which opened in June 2009, and four months from the Dean Street Town House, which opened in November 2009. In a Companies House statement, Soho House directors said: “In these uncertain times the group has focused on efficiencies as well as trying to support and drive sales - the strategy has continued to drive very strong performance.” Gross profit margin for the most recent year was 77.4% compared to 75.9% the year before, Operating profit margin was 7% compared to 7.1% the year before. The highest paid director, believed to be Nick Jones, earned a total of £436,839, including a £5,000 pension contribution. The company now employ 970 people, compared to 814 the year before. Babington House, the Somerset branch of the business, is not par of the Soho House UK business - and results do not, of course, include trading results for intenational Soho House businesses.