Revolution Bars looks to grow presence in Scotland

Revolution Bars Group said it is trading 'really well' in ­Scotland, where it plans to grow its network after posting double-digit growth in sales in its interim results.
Revolution Bars chief Mark McQuater. Picture: ContributedRevolution Bars chief Mark McQuater. Picture: Contributed
Revolution Bars chief Mark McQuater. Picture: Contributed

The firm said revenue showed a year-on-year jump of 12.7 per cent to reach £66.7 million in the six months to 31 December, while core ­earnings grew by 13.6 per cent to £9.2m. Pre-tax profit on ordinary activities was broadly flat at £4.6m.

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Chief executive Mark McQuater told The Scotsman that the group has “some proper momentum going now”, with growth funded by organic cashflow.

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Its network increased to 66 sites, with 53 Revolution and 13 Revolución de Cuba bars. Two under the ­latter branding opened in Aberdeen and Glasgow ­during the period.

McQuater said the group is very pleased with progress in both sites, stating: “We’re quite a dominant player at the ­quality end of the Aberdeen bar/restaurant scene.”

He also said that a third branch in Glasgow is under negotiation, and sites in ­Edinburgh and Inverness are being sought.

“We regard the more affluent and large-demographic parts of Scotland as something we want to ­participate in. We’re trading really well in Scotland. On the whole, I think we’re in a good place.”

Like-for-like sales growth for the eight weeks to 25 February rose by 1.7 per cent.