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French Brasserie group Côte to create 600 jobs – A post by Harald Samuelsson, Joint Managing Director, Côte

French Restaurant group Côte is creating up to 600 jobs across the UK in 2014 as it continues with its ambitious expansion, following its recent announcement of a 28% increase in profits.

With 47 sites now opened throughout the UK, more locations are set to open in Kingston-upon-Thames and Manchester in March, with a further two in Wokingham and Cobham due to open their doors by the Summer. A Bishop’s Stortford site will follow towards the end of the year.

Côte, known for its “reasonably priced” bistro French cooking, has been one of the fastest growing operators in the casual dining sector over the last few years.  These latest growth plans see the launch of a major recruitment campaign, in order to add to the company’s pool of talent and fill a variety of roles, from Sous Chef and Front of House vacancies to managerial opportunities.

“It’s an exciting time for Cote, and we are looking for talented and ambitious individuals to join us on our incredible journey. As a result of our rapid expansion there are many exciting career opportunities available, and we can offer excellent opportunities for future promotion and career advancement through our Career Development Programme,” explains joint managing direct Harald Samuelsson. “The sky really is the limit in terms of career opportunities with us. We only employ the best and offer very competitive packages, as we value our team and like to reward their enthusiasm and hard work.”

News of the expansion comes as the group is looking to build on its recent success, including becoming the best performing casual dining brand on TripAdvisor, resulting in a Certificate of Excellence accolade. To qualify, Côte had to maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by visited guests. In 2012, the restaurant was top of the inaugural Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker, compiled with M&C Report, with profits growth over a three year period of 225%.

Harald Samuelsson further commented: “We are also looking at other sites to open in 2014, in line with our target of a minimum of 10 restaurants a year.”

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