Regional brewer and pub operator Hardy & Hansons has confirmed that it has received a number of approaches from potential buyers.

The board of directors for the Nottingham-based brewer said that it had received “a number of approaches” and that it was in discussions that “may or may not lead to an offer”.

Shares in the company rose 32p yesterday to finish on 765p following the news, valuing the company at an estimated £153m.