Beer and pub industry in Scotland contributes £1.7 billion to national economy - Scottish Beer & Pub Association report finds

Beer and pub industry in Scotland contributes £1.7 billion to national economy - Scottish Beer & Pub Association report finds
Brigid Simmonds
13/03/2017 - 16:03
A new report by economic experts Oxford Economics (OE), commissioned by the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), has found that the beer and pub industry in Scotland employs almost 60,000 people, and contributes over £1.7 billion to the national economy every year.

The SBPA’s report also revealed that the Scottish beer and pub industry pays almost £1 billion in taxes each year. £800 million is paid in wages annually and 15,414 jobs (38%) are held by those under-25, according to the report.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “Our sector supports almost 60,000 vital jobs in Scotland, and it is particularly important that we can go on boosting employment, which is why further supportive measures for our industry are needed.

“This is especially crucial for young people, with 38% of the industry workforce made up of under-25s. Brewing and pubs are providing a part-time opportunity for some, a rewarding lifelong career for many, and experience and skills for all.”

The report was launched to a group of MSP’s in Kilderkin Pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. 

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