Over a third of pubs in the UK can’t break even one month after reopening, according to the British Beer and Pub Association.

A survey of BBPA members found that exactly one month after pubs were given the green light to open post-lockdown, 37% remain unable to break even, and 25% of brewing and pub businesses said they didn’t feel their business was sustainable beyond the end of March 2021.

In response to the findings, the trade body has called on Government for continued sector support in the medium and long-term to enable full recovery.

More specifically, it has said that more support is needed for community pubs who tend to only sell drinks or small food items, and so are less likely to benefit from VAT cuts to food and the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

It has also urged Government to cut beer duty by 25%, cut VAT on beer served in pubs and fundamentally reform business rates.

“One month after they were able to reopen in England, over a third of pubs are struggling to break even or turn a profit,” said BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin. “This is inevitably due to lower consumer confidence and reduced capacity for pubs.

“We fully support the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and the temporary VAT cut to food and accommodation in pubs and hope they will help boost pub sales.

“However, to ensure the full recovery of our sector, including Britain’s world class brewers and pubs at the heart of communities across the UK, we need the Government to increase its support.

“Now is the time to recognise and invest in our pubs and brewers to secure them for future generations and to enable growth.”