Posted on Monday 24 June 2019 by John Mulgrew

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A Northern Ireland coffee shop chain is creating 175 new jobs as its expands it reach across the UK with eight new stores, it has emerged.

Bob & Berts is opening five new cafes in Northern Ireland and a further three in Scotland.

Founded in Portstewart in 2013, the business, headed by Colin McClean and David Ferguson, has expanded to 20 locations employing 400 staff.

It has undergone its latest expansion plans with assistance from BGF and Ulster Bank.

It’s opening a new Portrush store in the coming weeks, and has announced Cookstown, Newry and Ballymena as the next towns to get Bob & Berts coffee shops.

“We’re passionate about the service we provide and the communities we serve,” David Ferguson said. "Our brand is dynamic and distinctive and we’re breathing new life the high streets up and down the country by driving footfall for the benefit of our neighbouring local retailers.”

And Colin McClean has said that rising demand is fuelling the company’s fast growth. "We are very excited to announce the opening of our new stores in Northern Ireland and Scotland over the coming weeks and months. Our distinctive style and quality food and drink offering is driving significant demand and making Bob & Berts a highly sought-after addition to the local high street.”

The investment is part of a wider growth strategy to operate 35 stores throughout the UK by 2020.

Gemma Jordan, senior relationship manager, commercial banking NI at Ulster Bank said: “Ulster Bank is pleased to provide finance to Bob & Berts to extend its reach into new and growing markets.

“We look forward to working alongside the team at BGF, who, back in 2017, invested in Colin and David’s vision to grow the Bob & Berts brand and who have been an important part of their growth story in recent years.”

And Girvan Gault, commercial banking director at Ulster Bank, said: “We have access to a wide network of support and expertise through our relationship with sister brands NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland throughout the UK to help Colin and David realise the growth potential of their unique brand.”

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