Pub entrepreneur Jeremy Jones says he plans to expand his Bolton-based Welcome Taverns pub company from two to 10 or 12 sites within the next two years. In addition, Jones, who is also managing director of temporary management firm Convivial Management Services, which runs c.50 pubs nationwide, plans to start a second brewery at his new private members club the Bleachworks in Bolton’s Dunscar Business Park. Welcome Taverns currently operates the Thomas Egerton in Egerton, Greater Manchester, and the Brewhouse, which includes a micro brewery, in Dunscar, Bolton. Both sites are Enterprise Inns leaseholds. Jones said: “We are looking at expanding the Welcome Taverns estate to 10 or 12 pubs which will then take the cask beers we produce. We look for good local pubs which have become run down which we can renovate and turn round into welcoming community pubs.” Jones said he’s targeting pubco disposals for “selective acquisitions”. The Bleachworks, situated in a former bleach factory, is to open in mid-December following a £350,000 refurbishment, which includes fitting the brewery and offices. The site is held on a private lease. “The Bleachworks Bar is complementary to our pubs, which are nearby, so that when they close at midnight at the weekend customers can then visit the bar to continue their socialising in safe, attractive surroundings,” said Jones. “Many of the over-25s don’t want to travel into towns to visit nightclubs and we think The Bleachworks’ 2am licence will fill that niche for those who want a local pleasant bar to continue socialising with their friends.” Welcome Taverns was founded in 2006 by Jones and his wife Debra. They previously owned 13 pubs under the name Convivial Inns, which they sold in 2005 for £4m to London and Edinburgh Inns.

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