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7th February 2014

New figures published today for EVERY UK CONSTITUENCY show vital role of beer and pubs


·         New report shows beer and pub jobs in every Parliamentary constituency and every local authority area


·         Highlights employment by age and type, and huge positive impact on the local economy


·         Freeze beer duty to protect jobs and boost investment, says British Beer & Pub Association




The results of a huge new survey have been released today, which show the impact on jobs, wages, and the economy of Britain’s brewing and pub trade at a local level – with updated unique information for every Parliamentary constituency and local authority area in Britain.




The figures form a comprehensive study by economic experts Oxford Economics for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), and show the vital role the industry plays. Nationally, the report reveals that an astonishing 900,000 jobs depend on British beer and pubs – and almost half (44%) are younger workers aged 16-24, who need these vital jobs the most. This information is available for every local area in Britain.




The BBPA says that with so many local jobs depending on the trade in every community in Britain, the Government should freeze Beer Duty in the upcoming Budget.




BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds OBE comments:




“Beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people. Last year’s duty cut made a real difference, saving jobs across the country, boosting investment and increasing confidence. Yet, so much of this good work will be undone if beer duty rises again. We need a duty freeze in the Budget, and I hope all MPs will make the case for beer, pubs and jobs, and support Early Day Motion 892 in Parliament.”




For further information please contact:


Neil Williams, Head of Media Tel: (020) 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


Gareth Barrett, Public Affairs Manager Tel: (020) 7627 9154


Sophie McIntyre, Communications & Campaigns Officer Tel: (020) 7627 9155








Notes to editors:





How to access the unique local beer and pub report for YOUR area


To access the unique report on pubs, jobs, wages, and economic value of beer and pubs in YOUR area, view the Excel spreadsheet here, which shows key data for every UK Parliamentary constituency and Local Authority, listed by region. Your local Members of Parliament will also be receiving a report on their local area from the British Beer & Pub Association.







The full report, with national and regional summary data, Local impact of the beer and pub sector from Oxford Economics is on the BBPA website here.




The Beer Story 2014 – Facts on tap, a summary outlining the case for a freeze in duty published jointly by the BBPA, CAMRA, SIBA and Pubs of Ulster is available on the BBPA website here.




UK beer duty – key facts:




·         The beer and pub sector supports over 900,000 jobs, 46 per cent of which are held by 16-24 year olds.


·         Beer and pubs contribute £22 billion to UK GDP and generate £12 billion in total tax revenue.


·         82 per cent of the beer sold in Britain is made here in Britain.


·         1 job in brewing generates 1 job in agriculture, 1 in the supply chain, 1 in retailing and 18 in pubs.


·         From 2008 to 2013, beer tax increased by 42 per cent, with beer sales down 21 per cent, 7,000 pubs closing, and 58,000 UK jobs lost.


·         A beer duty freeze in 2014/15 would cost the Treasury just £4 million, according to Oxford Economics.


·         Beer duty rates in the UK are still among the highest of any country in Europe






EDM 892 text:


That this House welcomes the ending of the beer duty escalator and the impact of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s historic beer duty cut in the 2013 Budget, the first such cut since 1959, in supporting the growth of Britain’s breweries and underpinning confidence in the UK’s pubs; and urges the Government to sustain this momentum by considering the case for a further freeze in beer duty in the 2014 Budget which would secure over 2,000 jobs in pubs up and down the land and help reduce the cost of living for hard-working men and women.




The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector.  Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 49,500 pubs.




Neil Williams


Head of Media


British Beer & Pub Association


020 7627 9156


07974 249 779








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