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.
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.”
07 November 2017
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, comments: “I hope this will provide reassurance to the thousands of EU employees in our industry that they will be welcome in the UK, after Brexit, and that every effort will be made to make the process of gaining settled status as easy as possible. “They make an essential contribution to the industry, right across the country. It is good to see the Government making it clear that they will be welcome, and pushing the EU to resolve their status as soon as possible in the Brexit negotiations.”