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Type of ownership of pubs in the UK – Industry data

06 October 2008 by

Pub companies owned 53% (or 30,400) of the UK's estimated 57,500 pubs in 2007, according to market research company Market & Business Development (MBD).

Independent operators owned 31% (or 17,700) of the total number of pubs.

While MDB predicts that pub companies and breweries will increase their share in the four years to 2012 (to 30,533 and 9,417 outlets respectively), it forecasts a 3% decline in independently-owned pubs to 17,121 out of a forecast 57,071 venues.

The UK Public Houses Market Development report is compiled quarterly and annually by Market & Business Development. It costs £600 for a single annual report or £725 for four quarterly reports.

The tables below include some hotels and other premises with full licences and are based on MBD analysis of data from the British Beer and Pub Association and trade estimates.

\* represents forecast figures

NUMBER OF BREWERY, PUB COMPANY AND INDEPENDENTLY-OWNED PUBS

YEAR 200120022003
Brewery-owned10,1009,8008,300
% of total17%17%14%
Pub-company owned31,60031,50032,500
% of total53%54%55%
Independently-owned17,85816,66517,988
% of total30%29%31%
Total59,55857,96558,788
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YEAR 200420052006
Brewery-owned8,9009,2009,400
% of total15%15%16%
Pub-company owned31,70031,50031,000
% of total53%53%53%
Independently-owned19,07318,70017,800
% of total32%31%31%
Total59,67358,20058,250
- - - -
- YEAR 2007 - 2008\*2012\*
- Brewery-owned9,4009,354Â9,417
- % of total16% - -
- Pub-company owned30,40029,74230,533
- % of total53% - -
- Independently-owned17,70017,254Â17,121
- % of total31% - -
- Total57,50056,350Â57,071
*Pub company-owned pubs refers to ownership of 30 or more outlets Independent pubs refers to ownership of fewer than 30 outlets. Independent pubs are free-of-tie* NUMBER OF BREWERY-OWNED PUBS IN THE UK, BY TYPE OF OWNERSHIP
YEAR200120022003Managed4,4004,0002,500% of total44%41%30%Tenanted5,7005,8005,800% of total56%59%70%Total10,1009,8008,300 Â Â Â ÂYEAR200420052006Managed2,7002,7002,700% of total30%29%29%Tenanted6,2006,5006,700% of total70%71%71%Total8,9009,2009,400 - - - - YEAR2007 - - Managed - 2,500 - - % of total - 27% - - Tenanted - 6,900 - - % of total - 73% - - Total - 9,400 - -

Premises owned by independent pub companies are excluded

NUMBER OF PUB COMPANY-OWNED PUBS IN THE UK, BY TYPE OF OWNERSHIP

YEAR200120022003Managed8,3007,7008,800% of total26%24%27%Tenanted23,30023,80023,700%of total74%76%73%Total31,60031,50032,500 - - - - YEAR200420052006Managed8,0007,7007,500% of total25%24%24%Tenanted23,70023,80023,500% of total75%76%76%Total31,70031,50031,000 - - - - YEAR2007 - - Managed6,500 - - % of total 21% - - Tenanted23,900 - - % of total 79% - - - Total30,400 - - *Premises owned by independent pub companies are excluded*
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