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“Cultural change” to blame for blamed for pub closures

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“Cultural change” to blame for blamed for pub closures 6th March 2019

Netflix, dating apps and insolvencies blamed for 19% drop in 24-hour licensed venues according to a report by the Morning Advertiser.

In the report, commercial law firm EMW found that continued cultural change such as the rise of Netflix and dating apps, have created less demand for pubs.

The decrease has also been attributed to the high number of insolvencies in the pub and bar sector and the changing attitudes to alcohol among younger age groups which also explains that low growth in real wages since the financial crisis and uncertainty around the outcome of Brexit have dampened consumer spending in the late-night leisure sector.

The report follows the publication of data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on alcohol and late-night refreshment licensing has revealed the number of pubs, bars and nightclubs with 24-hour alcohol licences fell from 919 in 2013 to 742 in 2018 – a decline of almost 20%.

Marco Mauro, legal director at EMW, said: “Twenty-four-hour alcohol licences were expected to boost the night-time economy but this has simply not happened.

“Continued cultural changes in the way people interact and socialise, such as through dating apps, and the rise of Netflix, has created less demand for pubs, bars and nightclubs.

“Increasingly, many individuals are also now not going out until much later in the evening, and, as a result, they can often spend less on drinks at the pubs.

“For most venues, the potential extra revenue from staying open 24 hours is still not enough to make those businesses sustainable operations, resulting in many pubs and bars having to close their doors.

“Also, the expensive requirement for door supervisors in some local authorities has acted as a significant burden for some businesses.”

“Without a more supportive attitude from local and central Government, we could see a further decline in this part of the late-night economy."

Source: PMA

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