Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Price Rises Mean Punters Are Counting the Pennies

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Price Rises Mean Punters Are Counting the Pennies

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MICKY Conroy, 36, manages the Chillingham pub in Heaton, where he lives with his partner Claire and children Louis, 10, and Ruby, six.

He has seen a drop in trade in the pub, which has been affected by both the credit crunch and the smoking ban.

Like many families on Tyneside, he is also concerned about the effect the economic downturn will have on family life.

He says: "Everything is costing more money.

"I have a mortgage to pay on the house I own and that affects us as a family but it is also affecting business. We have the kitchen franchise in the pub, serving meals, and it's difficult for us to avoid passing on the increases to customers but eventually we're going to have to do that.

"We have noticed on the pub side of things takings have dropped off and that's because of two things, the credit crunch and the smoking ban. …

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