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Thornton Heath sisters launch website to help save British pubs

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AS PUBS close up and down the country, two Thornton Heath sisters have taken it on themselves to try and unite pubs across the UK.

Sarah and Sheila Shaw have created a website that brings pubs across the UK together and negotiates discount prices for everything from utilities to weekly beer purchases.

The website; www.gotutt.com is also a social network where the public can quickly see which events are on in any pub around the country.

They can review the pub and upload photos of their night on the site.

Sheila, who has been in the trade for more than 20 years, said: "With up to 50 pubs closing every week, the recession has hit the pub trade extremely hard.

"British beer in a pub is so heavily taxed with duty and tax, we are forced to pay over 40 per cent of the EU beer tax bill but consume only 13 per cent; it's ridiculous.

"The average cost of a pint in a pub is £3 but a supermarket can sell it for a £1. Our customers can't afford to drink in our pubs anymore, they drink at home!

"Pubs are being taxed into extinction. We need to save money to survive and this is where this site really works.

"Group buying can potentially save huge amounts of cash, especially for freeholds with no beer ties and you can also sell your unwanted items to increase your cash flow."

Sounding a warning about the future of our pubs, Sheila added: "It's time the Government got serious about saving British pubs before it's too late."

For more information visit www.gotutt.com or e-mail sarah@gottut.co.uk


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