Niet alleen de café’s lijden
Er is door een rookverbod niet alleen schade bij de horeca te betreuren maar ook bij personen en organisaties die daar weer hun geld verdienen (tweedehands schade). En er is ook nog derdehands schade: de verkopers van gitaren, orgels, gitaarsnaren en versterkers bijvoorbeeld.
Een werknemer van een Engelse financiële saneringsorganisatie vertelt dat hij na de invoering van het rookverbod niet alleen veel meer aanvragen van pubs binnenkreeg maar ook van muzikanten, DJ’s, komieken, karaoke optredens en soortgelijke kleinschalige ondernemingen. De café’s waar ze optraden kunnen het zich niet meer veroorloven om hun in te huren, Het publiek is te beperkt geworden.
I am 41 and a manager in a leading insolvency practice. I have seen at first hand the devastation caused by this ban due to the massive increase in clients who have earned their living in the hospitality business.
It is not just pub owners. Singers, DJs, comedians, karaoke acts etc are all struggling and their income is dropping dramatically. Bankrupcies and Individual Voluntary Arrangements ( a less severe form of insolvency) are growing because the pubs and clubs cannot afford to pay acts to play in front of smaller audiences. Many have said that they originally thought the ban would be a good idea, but now that they stand to lose everything, would be more than happy to perform in premises where smoking was allowed.
From a personal point of view, my wife and I do not go out anywhere near as much as we used to. We would have eaten out at least once a week but now cook a meal at home. I have a friends who work in restaurants who have told me that their profit per table is down even if the number of covers has remained the same. Previously, smokers would have stayed and had a brandy/liquer/coffee which is highly profitable, but now they just get up and leave to have a smoke outside.
Finally, I do not agree with pubs being allowed to have smoking areas if they do not serve food. Smokers eat too. Separate smoking areas in pubs and restaurants or allowing the owners to make their own choice is the only way forward.
Uit de Gooi- en Eemlander: