While pubs are continuing to close left, right and centre, changes in taxation can help alter this, the group said.
Programme director David Cunningham said: “These closures are, in part, driven by high and sustained operating cost increases such as employment costs, food and drink inflation and disproportionately high taxes including beer duty, business rates and VAT.”
On a more positive note, he also said pubs looking to thrive should ensure their customer service is at the top of its game, alongside offering a strong food and drink serving to boost footfall and profits.
Pubs that have succeeded at this are The Morning Advertiser’s Great British Pub Awards finalists for 2019.
With new categories such as Best Pub Manager and Best Local, this year’s title of the best pub in the country is up for grabs.
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