Nightlife Unscripted, with Simon Barrett from Beer Saver

NDML Meets Simon Barrett From Beer Saver At NRB 2024

Simon Barrett, Operation Director of Beer Saver, was exhibiting at the NRB (Northern Restaurant and Bar) event for 2024. He agreed to speak to us and we discusses Beer Saver as well as the wider nightlife economy and the struggles of venue owners.

Simon tells why Beer Saver are exhibiting at the NRB24 event:

“We are here today to tell people about Beer Saver technology. We’ve come every year for the last 8-9 years. For me personally this is one of the best shows to come to, because everyone has a great time, and everyone is really interested in seeing if they can improve their offerings, and find ways to save money.”

Simon tells us more about Beer Saver:

“Our core product is an electro-magnetic inhibitor which clips over the beer lines in the beer cellar. It sends and electric-magnetic wave down into the key and up to the tap. Bacteria wants to communicate and find other bacteria in order to case infection; our system stops it finding other bacteria and stops creating that infection. This prevents our beer from tasting bad an you don’t have to clean your lines on as regular a basis.”

“It’s important for patrons and pubs because cleaning lines and throwing beer away is like throwing money down the drain. With our combination you can go up to a lines clean once every ten weeks. Meaning you are throwing that beer away only 8 times a year, hitting your bottom line. More importantly, with Beer Saver, you have more time to do all the important stuff with is Front of House. We are taking away the headache behind the scenes but also making sure you are saving money at the same time. And with Beer Saver, pubs will see a massive improvement in beer quality.”

Simon provides his opinion on the nightlife economy going into 2024:

“It seems as though, for so many years now, it’s been a declining space. Everything’s got more expensive, people are coming out as often. Students in particular are struggling at it is. And they’d rather go to the supermarket and buy whatever it is they buy and sit at home, than come out to the pub. It’s a downwards spiral.”

“You tend to find now that rather than big cities like Manchester being busy on a Monday through to Thursday, it’s now just the weekend. And even on the weekends it’s limited to the end of the month when people have got paid.

It’s a struggle there’s a lot of good venues still out there, but those that are left are really fighting hard to keep themselves to make money.”