Twenty-five pubs ‘are closing every week’

pub Thousands of jobs have been lost through pub closures, with 25 shutting their doors for good every week, according to a report today.

Around 1,300 pubs closed across Britain last year, with the loss of 13,000 jobs, said the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

A ban on smoking in public places alongside cheaper alcohol being sold in supermarkets have been reasons for the decline.

The number of pub closures has fallen from 40 a week last year to 25 a week now, with the rate of losses highest in London and the North West.

The BBPA said the research supported its call on the Government not to raise taxes on beer in next week’s Budget.

Chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: ‘The closure of 25 pubs every week is bad news for the economy, as the sector plays such a vital role.

‘It’s also a blow for local communities, with pubs often acting as the hub of local life.

‘With the right policies, this vital part of our tourism and hospitality sector could be creating new jobs, and helping to bring Britain out of recession.

‘If we really do have a pub-friendly Government as the Prime Minister says, the time to act is now – with a freeze in beer duty in the Budget.’

It is argued that some pubs are able to survive by adapting to the difficult times and introducing more features such as family nights and more cooked meals to attract new customers.

WHAT A CATCH! POP GROUP TO BECOME FACE OF A BEER

Unlikely chart stars Fisherman’s Friends are to become the face of a beer – and have been paid in pints.

The seafaring crew, who found top 10 success last year, have struck a deal with Cornish tipple Tribute Ale.

The group, based in Cornwall’s Port Isaac, signed up to work with the 160-year-old St Austell brewery.

James Staughton, the brewery’s managing director, said: ‘We love their singing and they love our beer – it’s a perfect match.’

A spokesman for the band said: ‘It is so refreshing to be able to negotiate such a liquid deal. No lawyers and huge fees. We are just not sure they know quite how much beer they drink.’

The group has recorded a CD at one of the brewery’s pubs, The Golden Lion in Port Isaac, as part of the deal.

source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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