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7th September 2022

Beer and pub trade body react to PM’s speech

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Following Liz Truss’ first speech as the new Prime Minister, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:

“As outlined in the PM’s speech, action on energy cannot come soon enough, and it’s right that a decision that will hopefully save thousands of pubs and breweries will come this week. However, for the longevity of the sector we need the PM to recognise the value and contribution of our industry to the UK.

“The pub and brewing sector makes a huge contribution to our economy and local communities throughout the country, yet it still remains in a precarious position after the pandemic. Immediate action on energy is critical, but investment in our sector for the long-term is also essential. As the PM works towards a fiscal statement and full budget we hope she will seriously consider a cut to business rates and VAT so Britain’s pubs and brewers can get back on their feet fully and thrive in the communities they proudly serve.”


Notes to editors: 

About the British Beer & Pub Association
The BBPA represents UK companies which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs.

Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.

These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.

  • The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs
  • The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year


Press release from BBPA.

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