Coffee shop Bob & Berts is creating 600 new full-time and part-time jobs as part of a huge expansion across the UK and Ireland.
The independent coffee shop chain has received £2m of investment, which will help it create an additional 30 stores across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland over the next four years.
Bob & Berts currently has 16 coffee shops across Northern Ireland. The money has come from BGF which invests in small and mid-sized business in UK and Ireland.
The investment will be used to support the company’s growth strategy.
Bob & Berts was founded in Portstewart by Colin McClean and his father Arnold, along with brother-in-law David Ferguson.
As part of its investment, industry expert Mohan Mansigani will be joining the board of Bob & Berts as the company’s non-executive chair. Mr Mansigani has held a number of senior management positions in the cafes and restaurant sector market and was instrumental in establishing the growth model for Costa Coffee in the UK.
BGF has so far pledged £2.5bn to support a range of growing companies.