Beer industry’s £107m boost to local economy

Wharfedale Observer: Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West and chairman of the Parliamentary Save the Pub group Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West and chairman of the Parliamentary Save the Pub group

Pubs and brewing contribute more than £107 million a year to the Bradford economy and provide 5,200 jobs, a new nationwide survey reveals.

Findings for the British Beer & Pub Association, broken down into local authority areas across the UK, have been unveiled to highlight the economic impact of the trade.

The Oxford Economics survey also shows that in the Bradford Council area there are 13 breweries and 383 pubs. The sector pays about £88m in wages and generated £4.6m in capital expenditure.

Local pubs and brewing also make a major contribution to government and council coffers through corporation tax, income tax and National Insurance, VAT and excise duties, along with business rates, totalling £62.1m according to the survey.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “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.”

The motion urges the Government to support the growth of Britain’s breweries and underpin confidence in the UK’s pubs by considering a further freeze in beer duty to secure more than 2,000 jobs in pubs across the country, as well as reducing the cost of living.

Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West and chairman of the Parliamentary Save the Pub group, said: “It is important to note the huge contribution that pubs and brewing make to the economy in the UK and locally.

“It is also fantastic that we now have more than 1,000 breweries in the UK, with West Yorkshire having more than any other county.

“Yet while drinkers have more choice and better beer than ever before, we are losing pubs every week which as well as being the best place to enjoy beer are part of the heritage of the nation and important hubs for their communities.

“Too many publicans are being ripped off, which is why we need the Government to listen to the organisations who support Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and allow many more pubs to survive and thrive.”

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