Accor has signed a franchise agreement with Focus Hotels to manage ten UK hotels, increasing its portfolio to 43.

Following the deal the French hotel group will add 763 rooms under its Mercure brand.

The hotel agreement is part of Accor’s expansion strategy to increase its UK network to 300 hotels by 2015.

Focus Hotels is part of the US-based Focus Group, which operates a collection of hotels in the UK, while Accor operates in 90 countries with 4,100 hotels and 500,000 rooms.