Brandon Lewis is Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, Minister for Local Government, Fire & Rescue and Community Pubs. Follow Brandon on Twitter.
My new year's resolution is to make the Great British pub the hub of a resurgent economy.
Like most small businesses, life for the local hasn't been easy in recent times. Some have been forced to close down, others have been hit hard by rowdy rabble rowsers.
But against the odds the great British pub is bouncing back. The industry predicts there will be 13,000 new jobs behind the bar in the new year.
A modern local is still a place to grab a swift half after work. Still the place to watch the match. Still the life and soul of the party. Or the ideal place to grab a morning coffee break, with over 3 million cups of coffee sold in a year.