THE great and the good of Burton’s brewing and pub trade gathered together to celebrate the ‘pivotal role’ that the town’s MP has played in the supporting the industry.
There was drinks all round at the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, as Molson Coors, Punch Taverns and a raft of other brewers from across the town hosted a dinner for Andrew Griffiths, Conservative MP for Burton, to acknowledge his ongoing dedication to the brewing industry in Burton.
Mr Griffiths, who is also chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, has been pivotal in the fight to protect the industry in the town.
A beer spokesman in Parliament, he has helped secure two consecutive beer cuts, the scrapping of the beer escalator, and retail business rate relief discounts for publicans.
Mr Griffith said: “It was really lovely that the beer and pub industry wanted to organise this special event.
“I work hard to support this brilliant industry in any way that I can because it employs so many people in and around Burton.
“It is nice to know, through events like this, that my efforts have been recognised.”
Jonathan Fair, head of corporate affairs at Molson Coors, said: “The night was a wonderful opportunity to have a beer with fellow beer and pubs champions from across our region.
“It provided a great reminder of how important these two sectors are in creating prosperity, jobs and investment in the town.”
Andy Slee, external affairs and central operations director at Punch, said: “I don’t think a Burton MP in recent memory can claim to have done as much as Andrew Griffiths to promote the pub and beer industry with which the town is so synonymous.
“He has helped transform the way we are seen by Government and we felt it was worth thanking him formally, particularly for the second successive reduction in beer duty.
“Since that announcement we have seen increased investment in pubs and beer across the land, which in turn helps to protect the thousands of jobs the sector supports in the local economy.
“It was a pleasure to lead the ‘thank you’ to Andrew on behalf of the industry.”