Northern cities have 'leading sales growth', new study reveals

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Cities in the north of England are leading the charge on the UK hospitality market, despite the impact of several challenges such as a budget crisis and rail strikes, new research has shown

The State of the northern study by the CGA by NielsenIQ revealed average per-person sales at York restaurants had risen 16 per cent between 2019 and 2022, nearly four times the 4.1 per cent national average growth rate.

While a net fall of 15.8% in UK restaurants and bars has been observed in 2019, the fall has been less than half as big in northern cities, with Liverpool worst hit (-2.4%), Newcastle (-5.8%), Chester (-5.8%), Manchester (-6.3%) and Sheffield (-7.9%).

The amount of licensed restaurants and bars in the UK has fallen by a net 15.8% since 2019.

These new research findings support the dynamism and innovation in hospitality in the north of England, driven by the region's ambitious local entrepreneurs and national operators to invest when the pandemic died down, fuelling a growing appetite for accommodation

among both locals and city visitors alike.

Northern Restaurant & Bar 2023 anticipates over 8.500 visitors and 300 exhibitors for two days of training, networking and business.

Chris Brazier, group event director of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said the results reflected strength, resilience and ambition in restaurants, pubs and bars across northern towns.

Karl Chessell, CGA Director of Catering and Dining in EMEA, added: "These figures emphasise the strength of the restaurant, pub and bar scene in the north of England.