The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is urging people to ease their January blues (which we suggest might have been brought on by abstaining from alcohol) by heading back into the pub to assist businesses “that urgently need help to survive.”
To help support local businesses facing hardships at a time of record inflation, BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin is urging Dry January participants to hit the neighborhood bar or pub anyway if only for a non-alcoholic beer or soda.
“These are tough times for the country and people are understandably finding ways to cut back. But in what is usually an already gloomy time of year, we’re encouraging people to seek out their community hubs and come together with friends and family at their local. Not only will you be greeted with warmth and friendly faces, but you’ll be supporting much-loved businesses that urgently need help to survive.”
In October 2022, the Drinks Business reported that Britain’s hospitality sector saw 2,200 venue closures in the three months prior, the equivalent to one per hour. The number of nightclubs in the UK has fallen by 5.6% in the last three months alone.
These are scary numbers…
Karl Chessell, CGA’s business unit director for hospitality operators and food, said: “These numbers show how hospitality’s steady recovery from COVID is now under severe threat from rising costs for businesses and consumers alike.
“Pubs are all to all and regardless of what you’re ordering at the bar there is something for everyone. Our nation’s ingenious brewers have made great strides in developing new ranges of delicious low and no alcohol options over the past few years, so if you can please head down to your local and taste what’s on offer,” McClarkin added…
“A warm welcome awaits you and you might even find a new favorite tipple amongst friendly faces.”