I attended a parliamentary reception this week to show his support for breweries and pubs in Delyn.
The brewing and pub sector makes a huge economic contribution to Delyn, new figures from a study commissioned by the British Beer and Pub Association show. The sector supports 915 jobs and provides £15m in value to the local economy.
I attended an event in the House of Commons this week where the new figures showing the impact were unveiled by the BBPA. The study was carried out by leading independent analysts, Oxford Economics.
Across the country the sector supports almost 900,000 jobs and adds £23bn in value to the UK economy.
Only last week I attended the Mold beer festival as I know just how important local breweries and pubs are to Delyn. They provide jobs to the local economy and a place for people to meet up and put the world to rights.
Local pubs in Flintshire are vitally important hubs for our community. Sadly, recent statistics show that up to 29 pubs nationally are closing every week, up from 18 a week last year. Flintshire is no exception. We have sadly seen pubs close at an alarming rate. I believe that we should be offering all the support we can to public houses.
I will continue to support our beer industry in Delyn. It is great for our communities to have a place to meet and is equally good for our booming tourism industry.
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, comments:
“The economic impact brewing and pubs has on the UK economy is clear for all to see, but on a local level the large number of people earning a living from the trade has a huge impact. This new data drives home how important our sector is for a vibrant and thriving local economy, alongside the huge importance of pubs to our local communities.”