Trust Inns ­– owned by leisure-industry magnate Trevor Hemmings – has put 15 pubs on the market. The North West-based operator of around 580 pubs is selling 11 freehold and 4 long-leasehold units. The sites range in price from £125,000 to £500,000 and some are available for alternative-use. The pubs are also available individually and Christie & Co is handling the disposal. Martin Stansmore of Christie & Co said: “Given the nature of these sites and the potential for alternative use, we expect these pubs to attract a considerable amount of interest from speculators, property developers and specialist leisure investors as well as the traditional public house groups.” Earlier this year Trust Inns announced turnover had risen from £31.1m to £42.9m and that pre-tax profit had jumped from £12.7m to £15.3m, in the year to 31 March 2007. Profit and turnover figures were boosted by the acquisition of 102 smaller managed and franchised pubs for £101m in October 2007. Trust Inns then set up a managed division, under former M&B executive Andy Willis, to run 20 of the former M&B pubs as managed houses.