Clapham House Group, owner of Gourmet Burger Kitchen and The Real Greek saw its sales increase by 13 per cent to £22.5m in the first half of the financial year, but failed to make a profit with pre-tax profits dropping from £1.5m to £1.3m
David Page, executive chairman of the company, which handed its chain Tootsies over to administrators in October, said despite the 'difficult economic environment' CHG was 'pleased' to have reported sales growth for the six months to 27 September.
"We are now focused on two robust, growing and cash generative restaurant businesses that are set to benefit as the UK economic environment improves," he said.
Page said the company had restricted new openings this year to the 'strongest locations' with GBK's opening at Bluewater and Clink Street in London. He said there would be no new openings in the second half of this financial year and was anticipating a small number of openings next year.
Page said the the company has so far resisted deep discounting, instead relying on targeted online promotions and marketing partnerships with newspapers, charities and national retailers to attract customers.