Frustrated by the lack of healthy dining options on the high street, founder and chief executive Adele Ashley, 56, sold her health and wellness business to finance the opening of the first Filmore & Union restaurant in York in 2012. The company now serves a range of health-inspired dishes, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free food, from 14 sites across the North of England, such as York and Newcastle train stations and John Lewis in York. Sales hit £4m this year and in September, it secured a £3.5m investment from growth-capital firm BGF to accelerate the opening of new stores across the North and Midlands, including Jesmond in Newcastle in December 2017, and John Lewis in Newcastle in January 2018. The Wetherby business also has plans to launch a recipe book and homewares range next year.
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