Big Table Group welcomes new Head of Acquisitions from KFC

Big Table Group, the operator of Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge, has appointed Paul Stokes as the company’s Head of Acquisitions.

Stokes will oversee strategic acquisitions and expansion plans across the Group’s portfolio of brands and joins from his long-standing role as Head of Franchise Development at KFC UKI, where he was responsible for brand development, site acquisition and expansions for over 13 years.

Prior to his role at KFC, Stokes also held a senior position at CBRE, as Director - Client Retail Strategy.

Matt Ainger, Property Director, Big Table Group, said, “We’re pleased that Paul has decided to join us at Big Table Group. With his tremendous knowledge and understanding of the sector, Paul will be a fantastic addition to team as we look to grow our business.”

Stokes commented, “The Big Table Group is a fantastic business with big growth plans, and I look forward to taking on this new role and helping to develop its much-loved brands, particularly during this exciting time ahead as restrictions continue to ease.”

Big Table Group operates more than 150 restaurants across the UK and Ireland. The Group was formed in July 2020 to acquire and operate the Las Iguanas, Café Rouge and Bella Italia brands that were previously managed by Casual Dining Group (CDG), in concert with the existing management team.