Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg UK, Julian Momen, is urging MPs and the local community across Northamptonshire to join the campaign for a cut in beer tax in the forthcoming Budget on 22 November 2017.
Carlsberg UK has written to Andrew Lewer MP, to encourage him to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a cut in beer duty to show their support for the beer and pub trade.
This would support a nationwide campaign led by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), for a cut in beer duty after the above-inflation 3.9% increase announced in March.
The cuts in beer duty from 2013 to 2015 resulted in millions of pounds of extra investment in Britain’s breweries and pubs and has boosted jobs in our sector by 20,000. But the March increase in the duty rate undid much of this good work and UK beer taxes still remain among the highest in Europe.
Locally, Carlsberg UK continues to invest in its Northampton base, where it brews many of the UK’s most popular beers including Carlsberg and San Miguel. This year it has invested millions of pounds into its premium Carlsberg Export brand and also added distribution of the Brooklyn Brewery range of craft beers, which it imports from Brooklyn in New York.
Julian Momen, Chief Executive Officer at Carlsberg UK, comments: “I hope the local community and our MPs will support the campaign for a duty cut by calling on the Chancellor to take action. Beer and pubs are vital to our local economy, especially for young people, and beer taxes are still far too high. A further increase for the second time this year would be hugely damaging to brewers, pubs, job creation and ultimately anyone who enjoys a pint in pubs and bars across Northampton.”
To understand the impact of an increase in Beer Duty and to write a letter of support to you local MP, simply visit www.cutbeertax.co.uk.