Every Brit ‘needs to drink 124 pints’ to save the nation’s pubs after lockdown

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Every Brit needs to sup 124 pints to save the nation’s pubs, finance experts say.

That would give the booze industry the £25.66billion cash boost it needs to get back to pre-pandemic income levels.

It highlights the scale of the plight facing Britain’s bars following lockdown.

Campaigners have produced a 'Your Local Pub Needs You' poster urging revellers to get their hands in their pockets to save the UK’s 40,000 boozers.

It calls on every customer to neck 124 pints or 122 glasses of wine to keep their bar afloat.

Alternatively it suggests non-drinkers can wolf down 976 packets of crisps or 40 roast dinners at the bar.

The poster states: "The average pub will need each customer to spend an additional £382 this year to combat the impact that Covid has had on the sector.

"Thank you for doing your bit!’’

Finance experts Company Debt say the super session would be the best way of saving the ailing ale industry.

Its website states: "With the latest estimates suggesting that the UK’s food and beverage industry lost at least £25.66bn due to Covid-19 we wondered how much every person in the UK would need to spend in order to reach pre-pandemic levels.

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"In particular we wondered how far that money would go in pubs, one of the most beleaguered sectors.

"We came up with a figure of 124 per pints per adult, based on a figure of 52million adults in the UK.’’

The firm, which advises companies on debt solutions, says its figures 'lay out the basic duty of every British adult if we are to put the swing back into the British pub sector'.

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"Of course not everyone will feel up to the mighty challenge of 124 pints this summer so we’ve compiled a few alternatives options," it adds.

The company points out 2,500 pubs have already shut during lockdown.

Landlord Dave Mountford, a campaigner at the Forum for British Pubs, has warned boozers will need 'additional financial support for years if they are to recover from this'.

But Company Debt experts say there is hope.

According to the Bank Of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane the UK economy is like a 'coiled spring' waiting to release its pent up energy.

While recessions in the past led to most families whittling down their bank accounts social distancing rules required to combat Covid resulted in many households squirrelling away savings.

But Company Debt advisers say it is vital to get Brits back in boozers as quickly as possible.

"How much of this this money will be spent in pubs depends, in part, on whether all restrictions are finally lifted next month,’’ they add.

Nick Mackenzie, chief executive of brewery Greene King, has said a full easing of restrictions next month was 'absolutely critical' if the pub industry’s fortunes were to be restored.

  • Pubs
  • Lockdown
  • Alcohol

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