Thanks to all our customers - Budget 2013 response regarding beer duty

Posted: 20 March 2013

Jonathan Neame, Shepherd Neame chief executive said:
 
“It is fantastic to see the government recognise the importance of British beer and pubs.

“By scrapping the beer duty escalator – and then reducing beer duty by a penny a pint – the Chancellor has provided a great boost for the sector.
 
“British beer was on course to become the most heavily taxed in Europe which, in turn, would have put an unsustainable burden on the country’s brewing and pub sector. Today’s announcement is a clear statement that the government recognises the industry’s valuable contribution to both the economy and society at large.
 
“We must thank our customers, our licensees and campaign groups across the UK for their support in helping to show our industry’s vital role and potential for the future.”