Pub closures county-by-county

24th May, 2012 by Martin Crummy

As beer taxes threaten the future of the pub industry, we run through the 10 areas which have lost the most pubs in the past six months.

The rising cost of beer is creating a “serious” problem claims Tim Martin the JD Wetherspoon chief, as it means that pub companies are concentrating their openings in well-off areas where people can afford the higher prices.

He said that this is causing “serious economic problems” in less affluent parts of the country. Calculations by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) at the start of the year found pubs that serve as community hubs can generate between £20,000 and £120,000 of “social value” each year.

“The overall level of taxes have greater economic effect in less affluent parts of the UK. The result is that the majority of prominent pub and catering companies are investing in the southern part of the UK and in major towns and city centres elsewhere.” Martin said.

Using CAMRA pub closure research – six month breakdown – undertaken by CGA Strategy, the drinks business has compiled the worst 10 counties.

The research shows suburban and rural areas have suffered most from closures while city centres have proved resilient. In total 300 pubs closed between September 2011 and March 2012, equivalent to 12 a week.

CAMRA said that pubs have been hit by a 42% increase in beer duty since 2008 and give this as the main reason for the closures.

In the six months to March 2012 Lancashire, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire lost heavily. Nottinghamshire and Merseyside both gained 15, but they are a rarity.

These figures are not a surprise since Britain’s pubs have seen a 6% fall in beer sales in the first quarter of 2012, the BBPA said, though this is at least a smaller decline than in the previous four years. The group emphasises that almost a million jobs depend on the UK beer and pub sector.

The following pages are a county by county breakdown showing the number of pubs that have been lost in Britain’s counties over a six month period from September 2011– March 2012.

5 Responses to “Pub closures county-by-county”

  1. Charles says:

    Both Mr Martin and CAMRA support the smoking ban which has killed the hospitality industry. Both blame the duty on a pint which is about 50p. Even a few pence reduction will not get the regular punters back.

  2. Sheila says:

    What a strange article about pub closures. Perhaps it would be more relevant to calculate the total number that has closed since 1st July 2007 and the remaining open ones that are still struggling. How about contacting all the Landlords that have had to close and ask them what the effect was when the smoking ban came in.

  3. Andi says:

    I blame ALL publicans – they seem to want to hold the price down artificially – I don’t see the same belief at petrol stations

  4. peter says:

    Weathrspoons banned E.Fags !—the last staw for me !

  5. Dave says:

    Andi, Where does it say in the article that the majority of the trade are asking for a artificial reduction in tax. What some, not all, are asking for is a reduction in the Duty Escalator that sees the price pushed up by 2% compound, above inflation.

    Those asking for that are CAMRA (Consumers) BBPA ( Representing interested parties, such as large Pubco’s and brewers).

    The reality is that if there is a reduction or even a nil increase, this will not be reflected into the latter’s prices to their customers (publicans) as indeed it wasn’t in 2001 and 2002. Therefore the Publican will not be able to reduce his price to the consumers.

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