New Director Appointed At Harry Ramsden’s

As its growth strategy continues apace, it is announced that Harry Ramsden’s has appointed Frank Romano to the newly created position of Franchise Director, with immediate effect.

Widely respected within the hospitality and leisure industry, Romano's background includes Little Chef, where as Chief Operating Officer reporting to the Chairman and main board, he masterminded the brand’s return to profit and subsequent sale.

Romano’s expertise and experience is further underlined in the positions he has held working alongside leading business figures including leisure tycoon Trevor Hemmings and entrepreneur John Caudwell.

Romano enjoyed success at Hemmings’ Herald Inns and Bars which he joined in 2004 as Managing Director. Prior to this, he was Associate Director in the specialist, and at the time, revolutionary electronic ‘top-up’ division of Cauldwell’s Phones 4 U.

Outwith the hospitality industry, Romano also spent five successful years as Client Services Director with MWB Business Exchange, building the business into one of the country’s leading serviced office and conference facilities providers.

Joe Teixeira, CEO of Harry Ramsden’s, commented: “With his wealth of experience and first class track record, we are delighted to announce Frank’s appointment to this important new role within Harry Ramsden’s. Frank will be charged with accelerating our ambitious franchising model which is set to deliver over 100 new UK outlets, as a result of agreements in place for Yorkshire, Scotland and South West Sussex. And with a franchise agreement already in place for Qatar, Frank will also be exploring overseas opportunities which will further increase the brand’s international presence.”

Romano added: “I welcome the opportunity to work with such an iconic brand, which has undeniably been transformed in the past few years. With its premium look and feel, excellent product offering and mass market appeal, I believe our proposition is an enticing one. We will initially seek to recruit the right franchisees for the brand and thereafter, ensure they reap the rewards of their investment in Harry Ramsden’s.”