Beer Duty / 12 October 2017

Action needed on tax, BBPA Chairman David Forde tells BBPA Annual Dinner

The UK beer and pub industry is taking up the challenge of responding to uncertain times – but action was needed to avoid an unsustainable tax burden on the sector – this was the message from Heineken UK Chief Executive, David Forde, in his final major speech as British Beer & Pub Association Chairman, speaking at the BBPA Annual Dinner in London, last night.

Despite uncertain economic times, huge investment in the sector is creating new pubs, as well as major investment in the brewing industry.

However, David Forde sounded a note of caution, particularly on government taxation policy. Recent trends worried him greatly, he said, and taxation was “a massive concern”. Reflecting the BBPA’s current campaign for a cut in Beer Duty in the November Budget, he made a plea for Government not to damage the industry with additional taxation, and to ensure the sector had access to the skills that its businesses need.

In return, the industry would continue to provide close to 900,000 jobs, supporting around 50,000 pubs – the third most popular tourism attraction in the UK.

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