Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Giggling Squid reports £38.4m turnover

21 December 2020 by
Giggling Squid reports £38.4m turnover

Thai restaurant brand Giggling Squid has reported that its turnover for the year ending 29 March 2020 was up by 16.3% to £38.4m.

It also reported company earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) before exceptional costs of £4.4m. Although company EBITDA decreased 10.5% on the prior year, this was due to the pandemic affecting the final three weeks of the financial year.

The company had positive like-for-like sales and absolute company EBITDA growth for the first 11 months of the year, with openings in Oxford, Chislehurst, Leamington Spa, Weybridge and Leicester.

Post-year-end, the business said it was riding the wave of pandemic challenges "exceptionally well" and has benefitted from "delivery-friendly cuisine and predominantly regional locations".

A new site in Cambridge opened late summer and has traded "above expectations (lockdown aside)". More recently, the company used the second government lockdown to refurbish and expand its Clifton and Guildford branches.

The company said it remains well financed with a "commanding liquidity position" and is looking to acquire a number of restaurant and retail units nationwide to build a strong pipeline for the 2021 financial year.

Andy Laurillard, co-founder and chief executive, said: "Our business has proven hugely resilient over the last year. Our provincial estate benefitted from work from home patterns and our fantastic teams have done a terrific job pivoting to and from a break-even delivery/takeaway model, a true test of their morale. We are expecting further months of disrupted trading, but see little risk to the business from these and we expect to recommence acquisitions after Christmas.

"There is no doubt that for the few businesses whose model has allowed them to weather the last nine months, that there are some very good opportunities in the market. However, we are also somewhat cautious about what sort of economy we will emerge into when, as we hope, normality returns next summer. Our expansion will be measured, and we will be evaluating new sites against stricter performance metrics than we have previously applied."

Giggling Squid was founded in 2009 by Pranee and Andrew Laurillard with its first restaurant in Brighton. It now operates 37 venues across the UK.

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking