Brakspear, the Henley-based tenanted pub operator, has continued its expansion with the acquisition of two more sites from Enterprise Inns, as it reports a 52% rise in pre-tax profit to £2.6m in the year to 31 December. The new sites are the Star & Eagle in Goudhurst, Kent, a pub restaurant with letting rooms, and the William Bray, a contemporary bar and restaurant in Shere, Surrey. The new additions take the number of pubs acquired over the summer to five and the total Brakspear estate up to 146. JT Davies & Sons, Brakspear’s parent company, reported a 5% uplift in turnover to £15.3m last year. Pre-tax profits grew to £2.6m and operating profit increased 14% to £4.1m. “The figures reflect improved performance across the Brakspear estate, thanks to significant investment in pub refurbishments and in bolstering support for tenants through a new mystery customer scheme and enhanced support from BDMs and from the marketing and finance functions at head office,” Brakspear said. “Savings achieved through a streamlining of Brakspear’s management and head office functions were reinvested into pub improvements, and into the purchase of the new sites.” Chief executive Tom Davies said: “2011 was a year of laying foundations for the growth that we are pushing forward this year. We believe we already have the best tenanted–only estate in the business and now we are bringing more great pubs with talented retailers into it through our acquisition programme. “We’re looking forward to working with our new business partners and to strengthening the support we offer to them and to our existing estate, to ensure that all pubs trading under the Brakspear name deliver healthy returns to everyone involved.”