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Burton brewing on the rise based on findings

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A DETAILED breakdown of just how vital the pub industry is to Burton has been published.

The British Beer and Pub Association has revealed the impact that pubs and brewers have on the town including the amount of jobs the industry creates and the value it adds to the economy.

The report shows that 3,593 are directly employed by the industry with 1,680 working in firms that supply or support the trade.

This generates more than £106 million in wages every single year and adds value to the area to the tune of £265 million.

The industry employs 900,000 across the whole country and there are more than 1,000 breweries.

The industry also provides £12 billion in total taxes.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: "These 900,000 jobs are vital to the UK economy.

"The Chancellor's duty cut last year was hugely popular, and boosted jobs by 10,000.

"Let's make sure that the benefits are not underdone this year."

Adrian Cooper, chief executive officer of Oxford Economics, said: "These findings demonstrate that the importance of the beer and pub sector to the UK economy should not be underestimated.

"An important source of employment and output in every region, its activity provides tax contributions, investment, flexible working conditions and opportunities for young people to enter the labour market."

The BBPA also revealed that £441 million worth of taxes are paid by Burton brewers and pubs.

This comes after the organisation said the town will form a major part of a bid to ensure that the beer and pub industry continues to thrive until 2020.

The BBPA revealed this news as it set out its priorities to ensure that both industries 'grow and prosper'.

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