First Leisure Trading plans to spend £30m on acquisitions and refurbishments.

New night clubs are due to open in Nottingham in the East Midlands and Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the first half.

News of the spending programme came with the announcement of a 20% like-for like increase in sales at 20 of its 43 sites.

The company said it had outperformed its expectations in its first year and it was on track to turn in "highly satisfactory" results in the first-half.