Covid restrictions caused an £8.2bn loss in beer sales in pubs across Britain
Are you even surprised?
A year down the line since the first UK lockdown and we are still not completely back to normal, however today we can start to venture out a bit more and meet people indoors, and more importantly, go to the pub.
According to the British Beer & Pub Association, 2,000 pubs have permanently closed and some £8.2 billion in beer sales has been lost.
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Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) stated that the full extent of the damage caused to the industry because of these lockdowns is still yet to be seen.
“Our sector has been devastated by Covid-19 and the lockdowns. It has been a year to forget for the Great British pub,” she said.
“Whilst we continue to assess the full damage to our sector, I urge the government to look at providing more support for our wet-led community pubs who, although grateful for all the support they received in the Budget, will not benefit from the VAT cut to food in the same way restaurants will. Local wet-led pubs have been among the worst affected by the virus so it’s important the government goes that little bit further for them.”
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