Amber Taverns managing director James Baer has told MCA that the group is planning tol make its debut in Scotland.

He said the group was close to securing its first site, in the west of Scotland, and was actively looking to grow through individual acquisitions.

He said: “We think there are some exciting opportunities for us in Scotland and it was a natural progression.”

Last year, the group launched its South Wales division.

Baer also confirmed that Amber has acquired a seventh site from JD Wetherspoon - the Cotton Bale in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

The pub is to be refurbished to operate under Amber’s traditional wet-led model, with an opening planned in time for the World Cup. The pub closed in July of last year.

It is the latest JDW pub to be converted by Amber, which has previously taken on the Thomas Telford in Ellesmere Port, the Edward Rutland in Stourbridge, the Water Poet in Gloucester and the John Capel Hanbury in Pontypool, among others.

Last month the group added the Granby – formerly Bilberries – in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, to its portfolio.

The group currently operates c135 pubs and has a long-term growth strategy of adding c12 new sites per year.