Heartstone Inns, the pub operator founded Stuart Hawthorne and James Birch, has increased its turnover to almost £3m for 2009, following the acquisition of its fifth pub, the Bun Penny in Hampshire. The company made a pre-tax loss of £456,315 for the 12 months to 31 December 2009 - a smaller figure than the pre-tax loss of £549,975 it made in the previous year. Heartstone said that it was "delighted" with a 7% increase in like-for-like sales for the year. It also said that operating profits at pub level improved by £137,493 to £416,423. Heartstone said that it was not planning to make any further acquisitions in the future, although it did set up Heartstone Inns 2, in June 2009. Heartstone Inns 2 acquired its first pub - the Boatman in Guildford - in September 2009. The group’s other pubs include: the Butchers Arms at Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire; the Cricketers at Shroton, Dorset; the Digger's Rest at Woodbury Salterton, Devon; and the Hare & Hounds, Putts Corner, Devon.