12:00 Wednesday 19 February 2014

Figures show impact of beer and pubs in Burton

Written byROB SMYTH

NEW statistics have lifted the lid on the importance of the brewing industry on Burton.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) revealed that £441 million worth of taxes are paid by Burton brewers and pubs.

Beer and pubs in the town alone make a contribution of a staggering £143 million to the UK GDP.

The industry put £61 million into the wage packets of people in Burton every year and employs 4,345 people in the town.

These astonishing details emerged as part of a bid to show the imporatnce of the industry and as part of a bid to get the Government to freeze beer duty .

The report, by research experts Oxford Economics, shows that the industry is the ‘backbone of the Burton economy’.

Adrian Cooper, chief executive officer of Oxford Economics, said: “Our findings again 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 industry employs 900,000 across the whole country and has 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 boosed jobs by 10,000. Let’s make sure that the benefits are not udnerone this year.”

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