Industry threat: any plans to raise duty could impact alcohol sales

Booze sales could be damaged with duty freeze cut

By Nicholas Robinson

Scrapping the alcohol duty freeze put in place last year by Government is “counter-productive”, and will increase pressure on cash-strapped consumers, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned (WSTA).

How much? Government raking in record amounts on alcohol duty

Government making a mint from your booze sales

By Nicholas Robinson

The Treasury is continuing to make a mint from UK booze sales, despite a freeze on alcohol duty in November, showing the sector can remain fruitful without another hike.

Police: targeting illicit alcohol with HMRC

New warning on counterfeit sales

By John Harrington

Pubs have been given a fresh warning about the dangers of selling smuggled alcohol after 11 shops had their licences revoked or suspended en masse...

Beer: low strength beers will have duty cut

Duty down on low strength beers

By Ewan Turney

The Government is to increase duty on beers over 7.5% abv but will reduce duty on beers under 2.8% abv at the next budget in March. The Treasury...

Pring: surely some deal could be worked out with eager tenants

Give licensees a fair chance

By Andrew Pring

Punch shouldn't waste the time of those licensees who really are interested in buying, says Andrew Pring.