Ten nightclubs are closing every month in Britain as pressures continue to weigh on the sector.

Nearly a third of clubs have put up the shutters since 2019 and only 865 remain in the UK, according to the Night Time Industries Association. High energy bills and rising costs have contributed to the closures, triggering calls for a sector-wide reduction in VAT.

The warning comes as the Printworks London club in south London closes its doors for a potential redevelopment that could take years.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the association, the industry body, said: “With the impacts of Brexit, energy and cost inflation biting, we need the government to address the immediate issues faced by some of the hardest-hit business sectors.”

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