A BURTON-BASED brewing giant has revealed plans to create 3,000 jobs in the next two years – despite tough times for the pub sector.
Bosses at Marston’s, in Shobnall Road, revealed that the plans were a result of its programme to build new pub restaurants across the UK.
Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay announced the news and said the decision in the Budget to take a penny off the price of a pint for the second year running was a boost to the industry, and helped the firm to make the decision to create the roles.
He said: “Marston’s is creating 3,000 new jobs over the next two years in its programme to build new pub restaurants across the UK. Two consecutive budgets have been positive for the pub and brewing industry, which gives the business confidence to plan continued investment and provides clarity for forward planning.”
Chancellor George Osborne said: “Our economic plan is all about creating jobs and economic security.
“Our pubs and brewers also employ thousands of people up and down the country and it is great news that Marston’s is creating 3,000 new jobs following the Budget.”
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who was instrumental in helping to secure a second successive cut in beer duty, spoke of his delight at the news and how it would help ‘secure the firm’s future’ in the town
He said: “This is yet more good news about the impact on jobs and the economy following the Chancellor’s cutting of beer duty.
“Brewers have had a tough time as of late and it is encouraging to see such a big firm, a Burton firm, prepared to invest in thousands of new jobs and new sites, as well as its bottling plant right here in Burton.”
The firm unveiled its £7.4 million new bottling line at its Burton site in January.
Mr Griffiths added: “This investment will no doubt delight people across the town and will help secure the firm’s future in the town for years to come. This helps reinforce the view that Burton is the home of brewing.”