Spirit Leased, the leased pub arm of Spirit Pub Company, has reported a four-fold increase in licensee applications over the first three months of 2014.

Chris Welham, managing director of Spirit Leased, said: “It’s been a phenomenal year for Spirit Leased Pubs so far. I’ve no doubt that the sharp uptake in applications is down to the reputation we’ve built for developing with our licensees innovative and flexible agreements.

“Given the hard work going in to our In Pub training and menu and food packages, this trend is only going to continue.”

Spirit was recently named in the Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For.