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The 10 British cities that opened the most pubs in 2021

The top 10 cities, with the highest number of pubs and bars that opened in 2021, have been revealed in new research from Instant Offices.

Instant Offices analysed Companies House data to work out which UK cities are fighting back with the strongest entrepreneurial spirit after many challenging years for businesses across the UK in an effort to discover the population to startup ratio across the country’s top cities.

However, while the data revealed the top locations for entrepreneurs launching new ventures, it also found that the data aligned with those registering businesses as public houses, showing that 1,841 pubs were opened in the UK in 2021.

“Overall, entrepreneurship increased across the board in the UK during 2021, with company registrations surging in every city analysed. But what types of businesses are thriving in the UK and how many have been started in the past year? Well, it looks like pubs have been quite the hit,” said the team at Instant Offices.

“With restrictions easing and more people able to socialise, 2021 seemed to be a great year for many people to open public houses or bars,” the team added. Highlighting that the top 10 cities with the most pubs opening in 2021 were as follows:

1, London – 267

2, Bradford – 94

3, Liverpool – 89

4, Glasgow – 78

5, Bristol – 67

6, Sheffield – 60

7, Leeds – 58

8, Manchester – 40

9, Birmingham – 39

10, Edinburgh – 37

According to the data from Instant Offices, the UK has seen a 21% increase in the number of new companies started in 2021 compared to 2020. However, the data did not disclose the number of pubs and bars that were forced to close their doors for good amidst the pandemic, nor illustrated the challenges faced by so many within the hospitality industry. It does, despite this, show that entrepreneurial spirit and a determination to bring back venues across cities was prevalent in the hearts and minds of the British public – something that can be counted as a positive for an industry that has been beset with struggles over the past two years.

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