National pub operator JD Wetherspoon is to open 30 new pubs and create 1,200 jobs in the next year.
The expansion plans will see pubs open in cities across the UK, adding to the firm's current total of nearly nine hundred pubs and bars.
The company is to invest more than 35 million pounds in areas including Selby and Whitby.
– Tim Martin, Wetherspoon chairman
"We are looking forward to opening the new pubs, many of which will be in areas where Wetherspoon is not yet represented.
We are also pleased to be creating so many new jobs, especially during a recession.
There is no question that we would open more pubs and create more jobs in 2013 if the increasing tax burden on pubs was reduced."