BBPA calls for Gov action as sector boosts GDP figures

By Gary Lloyd

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Public support is there: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin said the on-trade consistently contributes to the UK economy and needs help
Public support is there: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin said the on-trade consistently contributes to the UK economy and needs help

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for “meaningful action” to tackle fiscal headwinds as GDP figures released today (Wednesday 14 June) showed a 0.2% increase to the economy – buoyed by visits to pubs.

Particular note was given to the on-trade as being key to the marginal rise in the UK economy in April.

BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “It is positive to see the UK economy start to return to growth, with pubs across the country playing a leading role in that.

“These figures demonstrate that even when times are tough, people want to enjoy a visit to their local pub.”

Consistently contribute

She continued: “As an industry, we consistently contribute to the economy, and despite a tough few years, have continued to support jobs and livelihoods on high streets and in towns, villages and cities across the country.

“Despite this, and ongoing support from the public, profits are being stripped away by high inflation and pubs trying to keep costs low for customers, the Government must take meaningful action to bring inflation down and ensure we can continue to invest, grow and support our economy.”

The Office for National Statistics director of economic statistics Darren Morgan added: “GDP bounced back after a weak March.”

Comparatively strong

He continued: “Bars and pubs had a comparatively strong April, while car sales rebounded and education partially recovered from the effect of the previous month’s strikes. 

“These were partially offset by falls in health, which was affected by the junior doctors’ strikes, along with falls in computer manufacturing and the often-erratic pharmaceuticals industry. House builders and estate agents also had a poor month.

“Over the past three months as a whole the economy grew a little, driven largely by the construction industries. The services sector dragged growth downwards, partly due to the impact of public sector strikes.”

Meanwhile, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The GDP figures for April are a stark reminder of the importance of the hospitality industry when it comes to driving overall economic growth.

“The figures aren’t substantive but do show positive signs of growth and recovery; however, business and consumer confidence remains extremely fragile, and it’s vital that suitable action is put in place to help tackle inflation and support the sector on causes such as energy and labour.”

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