Pubs giant JD Wetherspoon is to create as many as 10,000 jobs as it pumps more than £200 million into its business.
New pubs and hotels will be opened, while existing bars across the UK and Republic of Ireland will be enlarged, the firm said. Its investment plans will take place over the next four years.
Much of the investment will be channelled into developments in small and medium-sized towns, but will also include larger towns and cities.
These are set to include new pubs in Hamilton, Ely in Cambridgeshire and Prestatyn in North Wales.
Wetherspoon, which currently operates 875 pubs and 58 hotels across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, will also be investing in major cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Dublin, Birmingham, Leeds and Galway.
Founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs as well as investing in existing pubs over the next four years.
“We are especially pleased that a large proportion of the investment will be in smaller towns and cities which have seen a decline in investment in recent years.
“The fact that we will be creating approximately 10,000 jobs is great news too.”