The number of pubs in the UK increased for the first time in 10 years in 2019.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHospitality industry software firm Stampede analysed new statistics from the ONS which reported 39,135 pubs at the end of March 2019, an increase of 320 compared with the previous year.\r\n\r\nThe group said the UK has lost 732 pubs per year on average since 2010, so 2019\u2019s net gain of 320 represents a \u201cswing\u201d of nearly 1,000 compared to previous years. It added that this is a \u201cremarkable\u201d turnaround, given the \u201csystematic\u201d year decline this decade and \u201cnumerous challenges\u201d facing pub operators.\r\n\r\nAdditional analysis from Stampede suggests that growth in pubs has \u201clittle to do with people drinking more\u201d, and instead comes down to pubs and bars \u201ccoping better with industry challenges\u201d.\r\n\r\nThe firm said many have \u201cembraced\u201d innovation and new revenue streams, and more pubs now offer food, accommodation and a greater variety of weekday events to maximise profits. It added that pubs can \u201cno longer afford\u201d to rely on the same old regulars to keep coming through the door.\r\n\r\nPatrick Clover, Stampede founder and CEO, said: \u201cThe pub trade has had very little to celebrate in the last decade, but I\u2019m sure they\u2019ll raise a glass to these new numbers. Pubs have a hugely important place in our society both socially as well as economically, being one of the UK\u2019s biggest employers.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe reduction of pubs over the last decade has been heart-breaking, following devastating changes to business taxes and alcohol duties, but I hope these figures signpost a reversal of fortunes.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cIndeed, we saw our local district of Edinburgh increase the number of pubs significantly this year, and I like to think we played our part in that. Stampede\u2019s aim is to become indispensable to every pub, bar, hotel and restaurant owner in the UK. We want to bring the heart back into these beloved venues that are at the centre of our communities.\u201d\r\n\r\nIt comes after JD Wetherspoon announced this week that it would be investing over \u00a3200m in order to develop new pubs and hotels, as well as expanding existing ones in the UK and Ireland, creating about 10,000 new jobs.