WHY PUBS MATTER.

WHY PUBS MATTER.

IT’S ABOUT COMMUNITY.

The pub has long been a mainstay of British high streets and communities, however, in recent years the local has adapted to become much more than just that.

There are hundreds of examples of local pubs that have opened as a post office, or greengrocer, or library, and in doing so have transformed the lives of thousands of local residents at a time. Moreover, pubs raise over £100m for hundreds of charities and worthy causes and provide a further £40m in funding or in-kind support for grassroots sport.

All of this is at stake with so many pubs on the brink of failure as a result of months and months of enforced closure or unreasonably tight restrictions.

IT’S ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH.

For some people, the loss of a local pub isn’t just the loss of a local small business, it means the loss of their social network.

Loneliness is a scourge that blights many communities up and down the country but this too is something that pubs have helped to fix. Countless locals across the UK have started social clubs for isolated or traditionally hard to reach groups of people. The ongoing closure of pubs means that for these groups the pandemic has been especially hard to cope with.

IT’S ABOUT LOCAL ECONOMIES.

The social cohesion that pubs provide for society is absolutely vital, but so too is the economic contribution they make. Pubs and the brewers that supply them provide £23bn in value-added to the UK economy each year, supporting 900,000 jobs – over 40% of which are occupied by people under the age of 25.

This too is at risk if we don’t act now to start enabling publicans to get back to what they do best and begin trading again.

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The BII #HeartoftheCommunity Award

The BII’s ‘Heart of the Community’ Award launched in October 2020 and seeks to recognise all the pubs that have done so much for their community this difficult year. While billed as an ‘award’, it’s not a competition – the aim is to recognise as many pubs as possible through the scheme.