He said: "Considering such a difficult spring, and one off costs we are quietly pleased."
The 14-centre Squires added three Shoots centres during 2011, contributing £5.9m to sales, while like-for-like performance at the existing centres dropped by 6.8 per cent because of bad weather.
Operating profit dropped by 13 per cent to £2.8m, hit by spending on redevelopments and head office.
Catering topped £5m.
Staff numbers rose from 559 to 690.
Espley said plans for the current year include a refurbishment at Twickenham, and an extension of the Woking centre.