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The UK is a proud spirits producing nation. 

Our spirits industry is a vital part of the tourism and hospitality sector. We can’t afford to put this great British success story at risk.

That’s why we’re asking the Government to back the industry by reducing the burden on spirits duty and preventing the imposition of unfair tariffs.

Support the UK Spirits Alliance today 

Our supporters include micro businesses and craft distilleries, award-winning producers and internationally renowned brands. We are joined by representatives from the hospitality and tourism industries. Members of our Alliance all benefit from the growing popularity of premium British spirits.

Last year, independent research showed spirits generated £13bn for the economy and had an export value of £6 billion– making it the largest food and drink export.

The number of distilleries in the UK has grown to 470 and the industry now supports 446,000 jobs across the UK. 

The spirit of entrepreneurship has led to the industry tripling in size in the last decade. As such, spirits duty receipts generated nearly £4bn for the Treasury – a year on year increase of more than 10%.

Our contribution to the economy has been recognised by government in recent years through a stable, common sense approach to the duty regime. This has encouraged investment, growth and innovation.

72% of the cost of a bottle of Scotch is tax. It’s time to reduce that burden in the Autumn Budget

As we recover from the impact of Covid-19, our industry needs vital support from the government in three different ways.


The evidence is clear – reduced excise duty for spirits increases more revenue for the taxpayer. 72% of the cost of a bottle of Scotch is tax. It’s time to reduce that burden in the Autumn Budget.


The government has admitted the tax system on excise duty is unfair and committed to a review of duty in March. We must progress with this review ASAP.


We are just weeks away from the US Administration applying more harmful tariffs on our world leading Scotch and Gin. The government must help urgently and think again about how it can #CallTimeOnTariffs before it’s too late.

Back spirits, back jobs at home, back Britain.

Support the UK Spirits Alliance 

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