The online poll, conducted with customers of software provider Epos Now, also showed broad support for the temporary relief with six out of 10 pubs reporting they thought it would have a positive impact.
However, 50% of respondents said the Chancellor ‘could have gone further’ by completely revising the business rates system to make it ‘fairer’ and 15% said Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘could have made the rate decrease a permanent fixture’.
Small pubs matter
More worryingly, two fifths of pubs said they are ‘just about managing’ or ‘struggling’.
Epos Now chief executive Jacyn Heavens said the Chancellor’s practical support for pubs was helpful but said that the sector needed more help to safeguard its long-term future.
“Small pubs matter to the UK economy because they help boost communities and bring with them jobs and investment. The Chancellor needs to listen to their concerns and focus on measures like a revamp of business rates that will deliver real long-term benefits across the sector,” Heavens said.