Charles Wells is to trial franchising in the United Kingdom, ahead of a proposed launch in October. A site in Milton Keynes will be used to test the structure, which will see tenants offered more training as well as accountancy and merchandising support, in return for between 2% and 4% of turnover. The company said that it had decided on franchising because of concerns over the rise of giant pubcos weakening the arguments in favour of the beer tie. Anthony Wallis, the company’s retail director, told the Morning Advertiser: "The beer tie is absolutely crucial to us and it is worrying that the existence of the likes of Enterprise and Punch could challenge the reason for the tie. "We’re worried that the reason for the tie is being weakened when you look at those very large pub groups. "If the tie was threatened we would have the option to move to a franchise agreement."