A SCOTTISH restaurant firm has revealed major expansion plans, earmarking a Dubai venue as part of its growth strategy.

Glasgow-based Six by Nico currently runs 13 venues across the UK and Ireland and is now looking to open a further four across the UK along with new bar and bakery ventures.

Boasting £30.8 million turnover for the year to June 2022, the group is also drawing up plans for international expansion, with hopes to open a new site in Dubai towards the end of 2023.

And the group also managed to raise over £300,000 for the company's charity partner, Beatson Cancer Charity during this period, largely through the Beat6 not-for-profit restaurant in Glasgow.

Commenting, CEO and founder Nico Simeone said that, despite the “huge challenge” the business faced from Covid, it had “bounced back very strongly, thanks to our amazingly loyal customer base who stayed with us through the lockdowns and have returned to our restaurants".

He added: “That’s down to our dedicated and hard-working team who have been absolutely brilliant - delivering consistent creativity and fun experiences day-in, day-out.”

He concluded: “At our core, we are creative, agile and driven to deliver for our customers and 2023 promises to be our most exciting year. We’re really confident that, despite the economic headwinds, our high-value and high-experience restaurants will continue to excite our customers into the New Year and beyond.”

Sixco Group chairman, Rob Wirszycz said: “Nico’s genius in coming up with the concept of fixed-price, six-course tasting menus that change every six weeks has struck a resounding chord with the dining public.

“Crucially, thanks to our core strategy of building customer loyalty, we emerged strongly from the pandemic and now have a fast-expanding database of more than 550,000 engaged and active customers, all literally hungry for the experiences we deliver.

“Our headcount has expanded to over 500 colleagues, despite the well-known challenges the industry has faced in recruitment and retention, and our employee benefits are highly competitive.

He added: “The plans we have developed to extend our network and broaden our offering in the UK and overseas are enormously exciting. We’ve done our homework and are confident we’ll continue to deliver on our ethos of bringing incredible value for money and great food and drink experiences, that we believe gives us a level of resilience at a tough time for the sector more generally.”