London and the North West have been the hardest hit with pub closures with 25 shutting their doors each week causing thousands in job losses according to a recent report. Over 13,000 jobs were lost due to over 1,300 pubs closing in Britain last year says the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
A call has gone out to Government from the BBPA to not raise beer taxes in next weeks Budget due to their research with Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive saying with pubs acting as the hub for local life and the sector playing a vital role it is a big blow for communities and the economy with more than 25 pubs closing weekly.
This sector could help Britain come out of the recession with the right policies since this important part of our hospitality and tourism sector could new create jobs. A freezing of duty on beer in the budget would prove that the Government really is a pub-friendly Government as they have said they are, said the Chief Executive. The contrary would cause more jobs to be lost and more pub closing in these hard economic times, expressed Simmonds.