Scottish pubs need more support, says SBPA

By Sophie Witts contact

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Scottish pubs need more support, says SBPA

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The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) is challenging politicians to take on ‘the best job in Government’ by creating a new Scottish Pubs Minister role. 

Scotland’s beer and pub industry supports 60,000 jobs and provides a £1.6bn boost to the economy, but the SBPA is arguing that the sector needs greater support.

It claims that the introduction of the National Living Wage on 1 April and Scotland’s higher drink driving limit have placed additional pressure on pubs.

Paul Togneri, of the SBPA, said: “We make a huge contribution providing career opportunities for young people, supporting tourism, and investing in local communities...yet pubs face real cost and legislative challenges.”

The group is calling for a reform of businesses rates, support for a new apprenticeship scheme, and a fund to improve transport in rural areas.

Scotland's food and drink industry is booming​, and accounts for one in every five pounds spent by tourists. 

Hospitality businesses have been encouraged to help brand the country as a 'global food destination'.

The SBPA is part of the British Beer & Pub Association, originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904.

Related topics: Business, Pubs & Bars

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