Will Brexit affect pub owners?

June 15th was Beer Day Britain, and with the EU Referendum coming just a week later, there has never been a more critical time for many British business sectors, including the hospitality and pub trades.

Nobody really knows what will happen on June 23rd or in the months and years that follow it – and the consensus among many economists is that little to nothing would change overnight either way.

However, there are certain topics that clearly rank higher on the agenda for publicans, and while nothing is set in stone, here are some of the main issues and what might happen after June 23rd.

Alcohol Duty

While domestic alcohol duty is set by the UK government, some people claim that the ease of access to cheap alcohol in France via the now traditional ‘booze cruise’ has helped to keep beer duty down in the UK, to avoid pushing consumers out to the continental market.

Does this mean duty would rise following Brexit? Perhaps not – it seems unlikely the UK-French border would become significantly more difficult to cross, and the same economic factors would still influence the market in the neighbouring countries.

Staff

Access to employees could become more difficult – many citizens of other EU countries come to live in the UK and take lower-paid roles with unsociable hours, which can be more difficult to fill from the permanent UK workforce.

This is especially true in pub kitchens, which often have an international crew working in them.

Imports

The main beer brands are now brewed under licence in the UK, but others – especially wine – are imported from overseas.

Brexit could lead to new levels of bureaucracy in import markets, although again it is unlikely that international suppliers would want to cut off the major UK market for alcoholic beverages by making it too difficult to buy from abroad.

Tourism

Britain’s tourist trade could benefit substantially from departing the EU, especially if there is a slump in the pound as has been predicted.

This would see other world currencies become stronger compared to sterling, potentially boosting international visitor numbers to the UK, as well as likely driving ‘staycation’ numbers higher, which is all good news for publicans.

Stay or Go?

As mentioned at the start of this article, nobody knows exactly what will happen either way – and neither option is likely to prove wholly good or bad for the industry.

WSTA want to remain in the EU, Wetherspoons want to leave, and the BBPA have been neutral on the issue, highlighting the balance of opinions throughout some of the biggest names in the sector; many people will be surprised (and many disappointed) when the final results are announced following the vote itself on June 23rd.

Pool tables keep punters on-site when the sun goes down

Aside from the Christmas and New Year holiday season, the longer lighter evenings of summer are a major boost for the pub trade, but when the sun goes down you risk losing that extra trade in one mass exodus from your beer garden.

Pool tables are a great way to provide punters with a reason to stay for longer, and there’s a naturally good fit between the groups of friends who typically hit the beer garden, and the kinds of people who like to play pool too.

Manco Automatics can supply two of the leading brands of pub pool tables – Winner and Prince – including the option of a profit-share arrangement if you don’t want a cost to cover upfront.

Winner pool tables have more of an American bar feel to the design, with angled legs and chunky curved cushions, making them ideal for a younger crowd or if you run a sports bar or want to embrace the transatlantic style of them.

Prince pool tables, on the other hand, generally have a flatter surround to the cushions, with a more traditional pedestal design to the legs too, and this might be more appropriate in traditional pubs and clubs.

There’s no reason not to choose whichever style you prefer though – trust your own decision-making instincts and you’re most likely to opt for a pool table that will impress your customers.

You have a few other options too, including a wide range of different colours both for the table legs and cushion edges, and for the cloth that covers the slate bed.

Tables can be supplied with either an electronic or mechanical coin validator, and the price per game is adjustable, so it can be set to suit your customers – helping you to keep them on your premises for as long as possible after the sun goes down, and maximising your profits both from your pool table and from drinks sales too.

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