3 thoughts on “Who’s killing the British pub?”

  1. Posted 15/12/2014 at 21:43 | Permalink

    You let off pub companies far too lightly – you ignore the qualitative difference in the sites they’ve kept versus the sites they’ve let go. Not surprisingly they’ve been keeping the good sites and selling off the marginal ones. If even “BMW” sites under pubco ownership are closing at a greater rate than “British Leyland” sites under free ownership, then that suggests pubco ownership is a significant negative factor.

    You cite the BIS report from June 2014, so you’ve clearly read their evidence – on p21 the top four problems cited by tenants are the beer tie (91%), supermarkets and tax (both about 60%) and unfair treatment by the pub company (42%). The consultation did not investigate further on whether there was a problem with the pubco model as they regarded it as already proven, based on four previous government enquiries “in too many cases tenants are unable to secure a fair share of risk and reward in their agreements” – pubcos are good at sharing risks with tenants but keep most of the upside for themselves. That reflects the difference in power between a FTSE company and an individual, who often sinks their life savings into a tenancy and who finds it difficult to just move on when the pubco turns the screw. See also some of the case histories mentioned in that report eg on p68.

    If I ruled the world, I would insist that all pubs owned by big companies (say 50+) converted to turnover-based rents (with minimums), initially based on the current rent relative to the 5-year average, in time perhaps 10% of turnover might become the norm (subject to local variation). Crucially, that would align the interests of both pubco and tenant instead of the current antagonism which sees pubcos taking a short-term view to screw the tenant rather than develop a long-term partnership.

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  2. Posted 29/03/2016 at 13:52 | Permalink

    Smoking is banned public place like a park, cinema, and a pub. Since 2007 smoking is banned in pubs. Mostly in outdoor areas smoking is banned. We have also banned the smoking in some area of Sweden.

  3. Posted 07/06/2016 at 19:39 | Permalink

    Before the smoking ban, all the people who didn’t smoke said that smoking was the reason they didn’t visit pubs, yet when it was banned, they never bothered to go back to them and just stayed at home drinking. However, the usual pub customers who did smoke and still frequented their locals, now had to stand outside in the cold. Realistically the smoking ban was just about the liberal set flexing there feeble political muscles

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