Survey shows pubs’ ‘huge’ contribution to economy, prompting calls to safeguard jobs

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: William Wagstaff landlord at the Jacob Pub in Bradford city centre William Wagstaff landlord at the Jacob Pub in Bradford city centre

Pubs and brewing contribute more than £107m a year to the Bradford economy and provide 5,200 jobs, a new nationwide survey reveals.

Findings for the British Beer & Pub Association, broken down into local authority areas across the UK, have been unveiled to highlight the economic impact of the trade.

The Oxford Economics survey also shows that in the Bradford Council area there are 13 breweries and 383 pubs. The sector pays about £88m in wages and generated £4.6m in capital expenditure.

Local pubs and brewing also make a major contributon to government and council coffers through corporation tax, income tax and National Insurance, VAT and excise duties, along with business rates, totalling £62.1m according to the survey.

Nationally, the BBPA says 900,000 jobs depend on British beer and pubs – and 44 per cent of employees are younger workers aged between 16 and 24. It is calling on Chancellor George Osborne to freeze beer duty in his next Budget to help protect jobs in the industry .

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “Beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people. Last year’s duty cut made a real difference, saving jobs across the country, boosting investment and increasing confidence. Yet, so much of this good work will be undone if beer duty rises again.

“We need a duty freeze in the Budget, and I hope all MPs will make the case for beer, pubs and jobs, and support Early Day Motion 892 in Parliament.”

The motion urges the Government to support the growth of Britain’s breweries and underpin confidence in the UK’s pubs; by considering a further freeze in beer duty to secure more than 2,000 jobs in pubs across the country as well as reducing the cost of living.

William Wagstaff, landlord at Bradford’s Jacobs Well pub where at least three of the staff are aged under 24, said: “We are going to support the motion for a freeze, and obviously go along with what is being said that the economy does benefit from people drinking in pubs.”

Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West and chairman of the Parliamentary Save the Pub group, said: “It is important to note the huge contribution that pubs and brewing make to the economy in the UK and locally. It is also fantastic that we now have more than 1,000 breweries in the UK, with West Yorkshire having more than any other county.

"Yet while drinkers have more choice and better beer than ever before, we are losing pubs every week which as well as being the best place to enjoy beer are part of the heritage of the nation and important hubs for their communities.

“Too many publicans are being ripped off which is why we need the Government to listen to the organisations who support Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and allow many more pubs to survive and thrive".

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7:14am Mon 10 Feb 14

Albion. says...

If the Brewery Tap story is anything to go by, it's a wonder they can get people to run pubs.
If the Brewery Tap story is anything to go by, it's a wonder they can get people to run pubs. Albion.
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9:29am Mon 10 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

Since the implementation of the smoking ban, 28 pubs per week close their doors, over 100 billion in tax revenue has been lost, over 500,000 jobs in the industry have been lost.
A freeze in tax on alcohol will be like emptying a full bath with a sieve.
The British pub has become nothing more than a tourist attraction.
Since the implementation of the smoking ban, 28 pubs per week close their doors, over 100 billion in tax revenue has been lost, over 500,000 jobs in the industry have been lost. A freeze in tax on alcohol will be like emptying a full bath with a sieve. The British pub has become nothing more than a tourist attraction. G_Firth
  • Score: 1

9:43am Mon 10 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

There a plenty of successful pubs about, most of them real ale houses, selling quality beers, attracting decent customers ,and run by hard working owners, usually on site, not by inadequate Managers who have no idea how to run a business or deal with the public. Tues: Karaoke. Wed: Pool; Thu: Quiz. Fri: Closed down and run off with the takings.
Running a pub is one of the most difficult businesses, so why these Large Groups install unsuitable Managers and expect them to be able to cope is beyond me.
If Osborne had any sense at all he would freeze alcohol tax. (somebody have a word with him)
There a plenty of successful pubs about, most of them real ale houses, selling quality beers, attracting decent customers ,and run by hard working owners, usually on site, not by inadequate Managers who have no idea how to run a business or deal with the public. Tues: Karaoke. Wed: Pool; Thu: Quiz. Fri: Closed down and run off with the takings. Running a pub is one of the most difficult businesses, so why these Large Groups install unsuitable Managers and expect them to be able to cope is beyond me. If Osborne had any sense at all he would freeze alcohol tax. (somebody have a word with him) alive and awake
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12:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

How on earth would a Freeze on Alcohol duty help the pubs?
It won't help them at all if anything all it will help is the mighty supermarkets.
Its the breweries themselves that should be doing something as in selling the alcohol to the supermarkets at a higher cost than to a pub.
Make the supermarkets be the ones that subsidies the pubs
How on earth would a Freeze on Alcohol duty help the pubs? It won't help them at all if anything all it will help is the mighty supermarkets. Its the breweries themselves that should be doing something as in selling the alcohol to the supermarkets at a higher cost than to a pub. Make the supermarkets be the ones that subsidies the pubs G_Firth
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1:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

G_Firth wrote:
How on earth would a Freeze on Alcohol duty help the pubs? It won't help them at all if anything all it will help is the mighty supermarkets. Its the breweries themselves that should be doing something as in selling the alcohol to the supermarkets at a higher cost than to a pub. Make the supermarkets be the ones that subsidies the pubs
Its simple: Cheaper pint = more customers! Not everybody is a raging alcoholic who needs an alcohol fix from anywhere and will switch from the pub to a supermarket. Most people just like to go out to the pub to socialise and have a beer but it is becoming prohibitively expensive.
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: How on earth would a Freeze on Alcohol duty help the pubs? It won't help them at all if anything all it will help is the mighty supermarkets. Its the breweries themselves that should be doing something as in selling the alcohol to the supermarkets at a higher cost than to a pub. Make the supermarkets be the ones that subsidies the pubs[/p][/quote]Its simple: Cheaper pint = more customers! Not everybody is a raging alcoholic who needs an alcohol fix from anywhere and will switch from the pub to a supermarket. Most people just like to go out to the pub to socialise and have a beer but it is becoming prohibitively expensive. basil fawlty
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3:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

basil fawlty wrote:
G_Firth wrote:
How on earth would a Freeze on Alcohol duty help the pubs? It won't help them at all if anything all it will help is the mighty supermarkets. Its the breweries themselves that should be doing something as in selling the alcohol to the supermarkets at a higher cost than to a pub. Make the supermarkets be the ones that subsidies the pubs
Its simple: Cheaper pint = more customers! Not everybody is a raging alcoholic who needs an alcohol fix from anywhere and will switch from the pub to a supermarket. Most people just like to go out to the pub to socialise and have a beer but it is becoming prohibitively expensive.
Not saying everyone is a raging alcoholic far from it but with things like facebook, skype and other forms of chat its becoming more and more the trend to stay at home with a cheap booze from the supermarket.
One might think that a cheap pint is the answer but as you say pubs are about being sociable, but like I stated before the smoking ban killed a lot of that off and what makes the whole thing laughable is the hypocritical non smokers who freely go round to a friends house who does smoke and is more than happy to sit with them having a coffee and a chat.
But in the end who knows what the answer to solving the problem, maybe prohibiting the sale of super strength beers, lagers and alcho pops to only been sold in the public houses and nightclubs.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: How on earth would a Freeze on Alcohol duty help the pubs? It won't help them at all if anything all it will help is the mighty supermarkets. Its the breweries themselves that should be doing something as in selling the alcohol to the supermarkets at a higher cost than to a pub. Make the supermarkets be the ones that subsidies the pubs[/p][/quote]Its simple: Cheaper pint = more customers! Not everybody is a raging alcoholic who needs an alcohol fix from anywhere and will switch from the pub to a supermarket. Most people just like to go out to the pub to socialise and have a beer but it is becoming prohibitively expensive.[/p][/quote]Not saying everyone is a raging alcoholic far from it but with things like facebook, skype and other forms of chat its becoming more and more the trend to stay at home with a cheap booze from the supermarket. One might think that a cheap pint is the answer but as you say pubs are about being sociable, but like I stated before the smoking ban killed a lot of that off and what makes the whole thing laughable is the hypocritical non smokers who freely go round to a friends house who does smoke and is more than happy to sit with them having a coffee and a chat. But in the end who knows what the answer to solving the problem, maybe prohibiting the sale of super strength beers, lagers and alcho pops to only been sold in the public houses and nightclubs. G_Firth
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3:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

MontyLeMar says...

Why anyone is listening to what the BBPA is saying mystifies me. They are a big part of the problem - ripping off landlords and forcing experienced people out of the industry. Pubs can make it work if they have the right attitude as The Fox in Shipley, the Junction in Baildon and many others are demonstrating. Yes price is important but is not the main driver of success. Enthusiasm for beer from the landlord often attracts the cognoscenti who add to the atmosphere of a pub and seem to drive away the mad heads who cause trouble and put decent people off. Having said that though, I'm all for keeping the tax down. The crazy beer duty escalator did untold damage to the industry.
Why anyone is listening to what the BBPA is saying mystifies me. They are a big part of the problem - ripping off landlords and forcing experienced people out of the industry. Pubs can make it work if they have the right attitude as The Fox in Shipley, the Junction in Baildon and many others are demonstrating. Yes price is important but is not the main driver of success. Enthusiasm for beer from the landlord often attracts the cognoscenti who add to the atmosphere of a pub and seem to drive away the mad heads who cause trouble and put decent people off. Having said that though, I'm all for keeping the tax down. The crazy beer duty escalator did untold damage to the industry. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BertSanders says...

It is about choice - I prefer going to a pub - others prefer to drink at home.
If pubs are subsidised - then perhaps shops should be protected from internet sales. Competition it is, and once you start making exceptions it may get out of hand. My local closed - we found another - and observations are that we may be looking for yet another. It seems in current markets pubs need to be restaurants too, and offer a wider range of services. not what I want to see - but it does seem that large scale pub drinking is over.
Large scale City pubs may survive - but it does not look gook for locals.
Another pointer to the changing face on Britain.
It is about choice - I prefer going to a pub - others prefer to drink at home. If pubs are subsidised - then perhaps shops should be protected from internet sales. Competition it is, and once you start making exceptions it may get out of hand. My local closed - we found another - and observations are that we may be looking for yet another. It seems in current markets pubs need to be restaurants too, and offer a wider range of services. not what I want to see - but it does seem that large scale pub drinking is over. Large scale City pubs may survive - but it does not look gook for locals. Another pointer to the changing face on Britain. BertSanders
  • Score: 1

4:57pm Mon 10 Feb 14

northern pig says...

Lets get into perspetiive here.The product we are talking about here,costs about ten pence a pint to make in the volumes in which multinationls brew it.So to sum up.The brewers are greedy,The landlords are greedy and the tax man is greedy too,Which leaves the long suffering customer paying over£3 a pint plus in this country. Three months ago the goiong rate in Spain,for a pint of Amstel was 85 pence.We are being fleeced BIG TIME by all three of the afore mrntioned.
Lets get into perspetiive here.The product we are talking about here,costs about ten pence a pint to make in the volumes in which multinationls brew it.So to sum up.The brewers are greedy,The landlords are greedy and the tax man is greedy too,Which leaves the long suffering customer paying over£3 a pint plus in this country. Three months ago the goiong rate in Spain,for a pint of Amstel was 85 pence.We are being fleeced BIG TIME by all three of the afore mrntioned. northern pig
  • Score: 1

9:27pm Mon 10 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

I wouldn't drink Amstel if it was free!
I wouldn't drink Amstel if it was free! alive and awake
  • Score: 0

6:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

trevorwilkie says...

Forget It, I normally go to the Manor in Eccleshill, we went in last night to find out all beer prices had gone up, a pint of smooth from £2.95 to £3.05, things like crisps and nuts have also gone up, you don't even want to know what Guinness has gone up to, the manager apologized but said his hands were tied, he also said he had lost custom because of this increase.
Forget It, I normally go to the Manor in Eccleshill, we went in last night to find out all beer prices had gone up, a pint of smooth from £2.95 to £3.05, things like crisps and nuts have also gone up, you don't even want to know what Guinness has gone up to, the manager apologized but said his hands were tied, he also said he had lost custom because of this increase. trevorwilkie
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