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27th May 2022

Leading trade body responds to Chancellor announcement on cost of living

Responding to the announcement from the Government on the economy and the cost-of-living crisis Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association Emma McClarkin said:

 “It is right that the Government helps those who are struggling, however, this is an acutely painful time for business as well – we need the government to act now and take measures to immediately bring down costs and alleviate the pressures on our pubs and brewers. The fortunes of our sector hang in the balance. Just as we emerge from the pandemic, we have immediately been hit by rising energy prices, food and supply chain inflation due to the war in Ukraine and a cost-of-living crisis that is severely impacting our ability to do business.  

“This is why we have been calling for an energy price cap for small businesses to ensure fair energy deals for businesses across hospitality and beyond. A further package of small business support is needed to reduce the huge burden and allow pubs and brewers to get back on their feet instead of placing more barriers in the way of their recovery.” 


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About the British Beer & Pub Association
The BBPA represents companies in the UK which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs. Our members include international companies, family brewers, managed locals, and the nation’s largest tenanted pub estates.

  • 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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