According to the Office of National Statistics, pubs around Devon have been closing down at an extremely alarming rate. Between 2010 to 2018, the rate of small pubs closing down reached 46% with the numbers reaching up to 350. This is only the rate for pubs that have more than 10 employees.
Meanwhile, for pubs with less than 10 employees, the rate within the past 8 years reached 33%. Surprisingly, smaller pubs have been closing down more slowly with 610 in 2010 to only 410 in 2018. The report also showed that pubs with less than five employees slowed down from 335 in 2010 to just 200 in 2018.
According to the chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Brigid Simmonds, the number of pubs has been decreasing in the UK as a whole, with Devon being hit quite badly. This is most likely because of pressures in cost and limited resources. Other reasons include very high beer duties and taxes.
Simmonds further adds that this type of circumstance is extremely alarming because pubs are part of the social community. Pubs are the hub of which communities bond and socialize. Simmonds iterates that small pubs that didn’t have such a high paid-up capital cannot keep up with all the costs that come with their opening.
In order for pubs to enter the market, the government needs to help pubs with better reforms and better policies with regard to duties. In particular, reducing the beer duties needed, according to Simmonds. With that, there is a lot of support going to the Long Live the Local campaign which aims to decrease beer duty.
On a bigger scale, pubs in the whole UK have started closing at a rate of 30% in the last 8 years from 2010 to 2018.