Thursday, February 04, 2010

Pub closure rate slows to 39 a week

When it comes to BBPA sliding out stats about pub closures and its members performance in the market you don't need to waste a nanojoule of neuronal activity thinking about this, or a split second reading it - you just have to heave a sigh and think "oh well another torrent of slurry to wade through line by line, figure by figure, to prove them wrong'.

The annoying thing is the more they pump out this nonsense, the more work there is for rational people to do proving it's all not quite what it seems, the longer it all gets drawn out and the more you can guarantee that BBPA will be back like a reeling drunk with more and more stats proving that water runs up hill, that a nod from Ted Tuppen stops the tides, and that pubco pubs give better value than the free sector and provide greater amenity for customers because of all the support they get from their extensive network of highly invisible BMW driving BDMs.

Look how BBPAs describes itself:

"The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK ’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 98 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own nearly two thirds of Britain ’s 52,500 pubs."

Sound like they ought to know what they are talking about doesn't it. This statement in itself shows that pubcos totally dominate the market. It certainly doesn't show that their position represents that of the majority of OPERATORS though does it?

If what they say about free sector pubs closing against the tied sector were true - there would not even BE a free of tie sector by now.

Losing the will to live.

Just nipping off to the George Canning for their Open Day.

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