In 2013 we successfully campaigned for the beer duty escalator to be scrapped. As a result breweries alone are estimated to have invested £325 million into the industry. In the run up to Autumn Budget 2017 we urged the chancellor to cut beer duty to help pubs and consumers.
The government froze beer duty which was excellent news for pub goers as well as helping to secure over 3,000 jobs in the industry*.
Working with many groups, such as Fuller’s, British Beer & Pub Association and Campaign for Real Ale, I travelled across the UK speaking to pub and brewery owners about the benefits of a reduction in beer duty. Most notably, the chief executive of Joseph Holt Brewery, Richard Kershaw (pictured above, right) told me that previous duty cuts enabled them to invest nearly £5 million into their business.