Lap dancing is booming even as Britain struggles not to go bust.
Hard-up Brits are buying food from cut-price supermarkets and staying in thanks to the credit crunch. But, despite the financial doom and gloom, dance clubs are flourishing.
And many canny Brit babes are quitting jobs such as nursing, teaching and even law work to become lap dancers, where the average wage is £50,000.
There are currently 150 official lap dancing clubs and 300 places which put on some form of sexy entertainment.
About 70 or 80 girls will work in one club, with all on duty at peak times. Added to the number of strippers working in British pubs, it means up to 25,000 women are working as lap dancers.
Birmingham is the country's lap dancing capital with about 12 clubs while London is second with 10.
A spokesman for the adult entertainment branch of the GMB union reckons more women are working as lap dancers than ever before thanks to the wages. She says: Men still want to treat themselves. It's the same phenomenon as women who buy a
Chanel lipstick because they can't afford the handbag. They want a taste of the high life. It's the same with men – they might be struggling but need something to cheer themselves up.
Kate Nicholls, secretary of the Lap Dancing Association, says: Across the whole of the hospitality industry business is down but lap dancing clubs are bucking the trend. We're not suffering as much as some. Some nightclubs are resorting to
desperate tactics such as 80p shots to get people in. But in our clubs spending is holding up.
A Birmingham lap dance company has gone BUST – the latest victim of the worldwide cash crisis. Plans to open a three-storey stripping superclub in the city have been abandoned after The Provocative Group (Birmingham) Limited went into
The company had intended to expand its string of Wildcats venues by opening up in a building previously used by Spearmint Rhino on John Bright Street.
Just two months ago, it was offering free VIP tickets to see top glamour model Lucy Pinder on the opening night of the new club. The invitation read: We have just launched our lapdancing superclub Wildcats in Birmingham. For all you Lucy
Pinder fans out there, you're in luck as she's going to be spending the evening with us.
Wildcats, which had venues across the country was said to be Britain's biggest lapdancing club chain. It is not yet clear exactly why the club's finances have collapsed.
A spokesman for Begbies Traynor, the adminstrators for the Provocative Group, said: There are no job losses in Birmingham because the club never actually opened. The building has been repossessed by the landlord.