Equal measures – how the pub industry is affected by the revaluation

Stuart Hicks, Manchester Office, Director - Dunlop Heywood

 By Stuart Hicks, Director

Just a quick musing from me today after seeing an article that had a very novel way of measuring the impact of business rates on one industry.

It centres on the effect of the business rates revaluation on the pub sector with an industry expert working out how many extra pints would have to be sold to cover the additional payments forecast.

Apparently, the country will have to really get its act together on the drinking front next April with a tax increase for pubs across England and Wales of an extra £421m – or the equivalent of selling an extra 121 million pints.

It could also translate into a price hike on the pint – as much as 30p. But before we are start to cry in our over-priced beer the figures are all very much estimates and won’t take into account the inevitable appeals that are and will be lodged.

The changes in the revaluation overall have hit London the hardest and, as such, the pub trade in the Capital has not been shielded any more than the retailers or other sectors that have been much more vocal in their opposition to the changes.

As for the Government’s position, they have created a little win/win in this scenario – on the one hand business rate hikes swell their coffers from April onwards; landlords either put up their prices or sell more pints to make up the difference bringing in extra alcohol duty revenues at the same time – doubles all round!