North East pubs closing at rate of one every two weeks, latest figures show

One pub closed every two weeks last year in the North East, new figures have shown, amid concerns the trend could continue for some time.
The British Beer and Pub Association has published the statistics showing how 54 pubs closed their doors for good across the region in 2022 and 2023, triggering around 650 job losses. The organisation said the numbers follow a continuing trend which will have a major impact on the pubs’ communities, especially in rural areas affected by closures, where job opportunities are lacking.
Across the wider UK ther …