Many publicans were divided about the possible impact of the ban before it was introduced with some claiming it would hit beer sales and lead to a drop in custom and an inevitable rise in pub closures. However some in the hospitality industry were won over by anti-smoking campaigners who said it would boost food sales in hospitality businesses and bring back drinkers who had previously steered clear of their local.
The Publican’s Morning Advertiser has launched a survey of licensees to discover what impact the ban has had on the pub and bar business.
The survey aims to discover if the impact has been significant, whether licensees have changed their business, and if so how, and whether the type of customer or what customers are looking for in a pub or bar has changed.
Licensees who take part in the 10 minute survey will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the Great British Pub Awards later this year.