Chancellor

Tax freeze: the news will bring some relief to the industry, which had been campaigning for a cut in duty

Autumn Budget 2017

Beer duty frozen by Chancellor in Autumn Budget

By James Beeson

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced a freeze in beer duty in his Autumn Budget, unveiled in Parliament yesterday (22 November).

Epicentre: the capital boasts a fifth of the total number of distilleries in the whole of England

London re-established as gin capital of the UK

By James Beeson

London is now home to 24 gin distilleries - more than existed in the whole of the England in 2010 – according to new statistics revealed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Gin doom? WSTA issues warning ahead of Budget

Gin boom could be ruined by tax increase

By Nicholas Robinson

A horrendous tax bill could choke the dramatic growth of the British gin industry if the Chancellor does not freeze duty on spirits, according to the drinks trade in a desperate plea to the Government.

Too high: tax on the UK wine sector is worrying producers

English wine threatened by increased duty

By Nicholas Robinson

English sparkling wine producers may be put under unnecessary pressure if Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond implements proposals to raise tax on the sector.

Wine is the second biggest category in all drinks retail, ahead of cider and spirits

Why is wine the alcohol industry's forgotten sibling?

By Dan Townsend

While the rest of the UK was reverberating to the news of Chancellor George Osbourne’s decision to impose a levy on sugary soft drinks in last month’s Budget, the wine industry was again getting used to another year of being the alcohol industry’s forgotten...

Licensees 'distraught' after extra tax burden is revealed

Autumn statement

Licensees 'distraught' after extra tax burden is revealed

By Oli Gross

Licensees have reacted angrily to the news that three quarters of pubs will have to stomach an extra £1,500 a year tax burden, which could be the tipping point “between life and death” for many businesses.

There are fears the changes could only benefit more affluent areas.

Caution over business rates revise

By Emily Sutherland

The trade has given George Osborne’s shake-up of business rates a cautious welcome, despite some fears that squeezed councils will use pubs as ‘cash cows’ to generate extra income.

Andrew Griffiths:

Cheers to George and this pro-pub Government

By Andrew Griifiths

George Osborne – the beer drinker’s champion. True, not the first thought that might have gone through your mind on the day the Chancellor set foot into Number 11 four years ago. Yet after the Budget last week, I do not think it an exaggeration to say...