- Kill demand for its products
- Tax it
- Regulate it
Which is exactly what has happened to the British pub. Two years ago pubs were closing at the rate of 2 a week. Last year it was 27 a week and this year it is 52 a week. Given that businesses do not go belly up overnight (although the recession is clearly a factor), this decline has its roots in changes that have happened over the last 5 years.
In that time there has been:
- A ban on smoking in enclosed public places (although a pub is a private premises)
- A 35% increase in tax on a pint of beer
- A new Licensing Act that limits licensed entertainment
You know who to blame if your favourite pub closes.