Britain’s pubs and brewers are committed to delivering a great customer experience, rewarding careers and fantastic development opportunities. The sector has a unique role in enhancing Britain’s reputation overseas and is well placed to be a driving force for growth as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. For British businesses to thrive in a post-Brexit world we should strive to operate the most competitive tax and regulatory regime in Europe. From a resurgence in British beer exports, to major job creation in pubs and the provision of great hospitality for millions of tourists each year, delivering a highly competitive tax and regulatory environment for beer and pubs will reap major rewards for UK plc.
British brewing and pub industries have been enormous beneficiaries of overseas tourism. For many tourists, our food and drink is an essential part of a visit to the UK.
It is vital for brewers and pubs that there remains access to the skills and labour the sector needs to grow and that we retain a business environment that provides for a productive and motivated workforce.
It is vital for British brewers that trading relationships are free and open, so that our sector can continue to flourish and create jobs and growth: and the rest of the world can experience the pleasure of a great British beer.
We need a tax regime that encourages investment in Britain’s pubs and breweries to ensure a great customer experience. The UK currently has the second highest excise levels in the EU and it is vital this burden is reduced to allow our sector to compete following Brexit.
The sector faces a very significant regulatory burden. The removal or adoption of EU Directives must cause minimal disruption to business whilst taking the opportunity to establish a more competitive business environment that supports a thriving beer and pub sector.
19 March 2019
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to a report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee on the Government’s Industrial Strategy and various sector deals, including the hospitality sector. The report said that having struck sector deals with various business segments already off the back of the Industrial Strategy, the Government must do more to work with British business that haven’t yet had specific sector deals, such as hospitality and retail. Commenting on the report, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We welcome this BEIS Select Committee report on the Government’s Industrial Strategy and Sector Deals, which highlights the importance of the hospitality sector to the UK. “The British brewing and pub sector is central to the hospitality offer of the UK, but it is struggling with issues ranging from high taxation through beer duty and business rates, to issues over staff recruitment and retention, particularly as the UK prepares to leave the EU. We would therefore welcome any additional support the Government could give hospitality businesses like pubs through a specific sector deal. “It is important to note that the Government has committed in principle to a Sector Deal for Tourism, which we have already welcomed as a huge boost to pubs and the wider hospitality sector after putting in a lot of hard work to secure it. “Pubs are third on the list of things to do for overseas visitors to the UK; over half visit a pub whilst they are here. Ensuring Britain’s tourism offer remains competitive through a sector deal is therefore good news for pubs and hospitality. “As we prepare to leave the European Union, we must also concentrate on making pubs and hospitality a career choice employees relish. Recruitment and retention are vital when as it stands 24% of pub employees come from overseas. This can rise to over 80% in metropolitan areas. The Sector Deal for Tourism would enable us to encourage more UK nationals join our industry, enhance our apprenticeship offer and train and retain our existing workforce.”
28 November 2017
Three Government Ministers joined with brewing industry campaigners at a thank you party in Fuller’s Red Lion pub in Westminster last night, to mark the freeze in beer duty in the Budget. Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary with responsibility for alcohol taxation, Pubs Minister Jake Berry and Marcus Jones, Local Government Minister, were hosted by BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds and other industry campaigners. Mike Wood MP, who led the backbench campaign as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, and former Chairman Andrew Griffiths also joined the celebrations. Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive comments: “It was great to thank Government ministers for supporting our industry. The beer duty freeze will make a real difference, business rates help went much further than expected and it shows the Government understands the importance of brewing and pubs, both to their local communities and the wider economy.”