Giraffe Restaurants Announces Record Year in 2011/12
Giraffe, the fast-growing national restaurant group, run by Russel Joffe and backed by 3i and Risk Capital Partners, today announces record annual profits and exciting plans for further expansion.
Commenting, Chairman Luke Johnson said: “This is another strong performance from the Giraffe business. Our brand will shortly be launched internationally with a site in the UAE. UK expansion has continued this year with the opening of five further sites. The Board are very pleased with the early performance of giraffe STOP and the expansion of the brand in to Travel Hubs. Despite the continued growth in restaurants, there remain many well-populated towns, cities, and Leisure Parks that Giraffe plan to serve over the coming years. We continue to enjoy a loyal following as a result of a great value menu and legendary customer service.”
Russel Joffe, Managing Director said: “We have again expanded successfully, this year not just in the UK but overseas for the first time, with a new partnership with ELR. We are excited about the opportunities that the deal with ELR will present over the coming years. We are now almost at 50 UK sites. Our key focus this year is to recruit and retain the best industry talent to support and underpin our continued expansion, both nationally and internationally.”
Justin Maltz, Director, 3i said: “3i and RCP’s long term support for Russel and his team has seen the business transformed from a high potential London restaurant brand into a national – and now international – restaurant group. The last year’s performance has been exceptional and we are very excited about the opportunities for the business going forwards. It is a great example of 3i’s success in acting as a minority partner to support talented entrepreneurs in fulfilling their vision for growth.”