PUBS in Brighton fear for their future as energy bills are expected to skyrocket in the coming months.
As the cost-of-living crisis rages on, the increase in the household energy cap in October is causing more concern for bars and nightclubs that do not have such a cap.
Brewery bosses claim bills could rise by as much as 300 per cent over the next few months, while other experts have suggested seven in ten pubs will not survive the winter.
John Purchese, who runs The Quadrant on North Street in Brighton, said: “We have no energy cap for commercial stores, which is appalling. It’s all a perfect storm and outside of our own business utility crisis, the hospitality industry now needs to scale, which will be the knock-on effect for the customer.
“After the pandemic, no company has a reserve pot for rainy days to survive the next few years. The state must intervene, and soon.
“We’ll try to get through this, but it could be the last straw for us and many other companies.”
In addition to fearing for their own energy bills, Mr. Purchese and other business owners are also struggling with the impact the energy price crisis will have on customers.
With millions of people facing an 80 per cent rise in their energy bills in October and more increases expected in the new year, there are concerns consumers may not be able to afford drinks or meals.
Warren Carter, chairman of the Bevendean Community Pub in Moulsecoomb, said: “It’s expensive, although our beer is cheaper than many places.
“We are always trying to save money and we will keep our Bevy stock at £4 for as long as possible.
“We have to make money, but we want to support people so that they can enjoy life.”
Mr Carter also called on the Government to take action to help pubs – such as introducing a commercial energy cap to protect businesses from rising costs.
The Treasury has been asked for its opinion on the support measures for pubs.
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