Pub closure rate eases in 2016

The rate at which pubs across the UK are closing down has slowed so far this year, according to new stats.
 
After taking into account the number of new pubs opening around the country, a net average of 21 closed every week in the last six months, which is down from 27 in the previous period.
 
The figures, which were released by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), will be a boost to the many people working in catering and hospitality jobs in pubs across the UK.
 
This is the second successive six month period of falling pub closures, with CAMRA calling on the UK’s drinkers to continue supporting their local public houses.
 
Speaking about the stats, Colin Valentine, Chairman at CAMRA, said: “Our members have been working hard to protect valued pubs from being demolished or converted to another use - which often happens without any consideration to the local community. Over 1,500 pubs have now been listed as Assets of Community Value (ACV) by local campaign groups in England, which gives pubs greater protection under planning law.
 
"However this is just the first step in saving British pubs and it's vital that people build on this positive news by supporting their locals as much as possible.”
 
In total, the number of pubs in the UK fell from 52,750 in December 2015 to 52,201 in June 2016 with 1,270 outlets closing during the period compared to 721 openings.
 
CAMRA’s figures also showed that the majority of closures are happening away from the big towns and cities, with rural areas seeing 231 closures in the last six months and a further 317 in suburban locations, compared to only around 25 on the nation’s high streets.
 
Separate figures from Savills showed that London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Aberdeen and Glasgow are leading the way in terms of casual dining growth, with the cities seeing the highest increases in such restaurants over the past three years.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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