The UK Spirits Alliance brings together members of Britain’s iconic spirits industry, campaigning for a fairer duty system that supports jobs, growth and consumers
In 2020/21 Spirits contributed £4 billion to HM Treasury receipts for the first time, with growth up 8.3%. The industry is also responsible for more than £6 billion in UK exports a year as premium products highly valued in both established and developing markets including the US, China and India.
Government must now back the industry and the sections of the economy it supports by backing this growth industry through its commitment to the duty review that will create a fairer system that reduces the discrimination that spirits faces.
The UK spirits industry spans the length and breadth of the country. The number of distilleries in the UK has grown from 190 to 710 in the last five years alone.
In the March 2021 Budget, the government recognised our contribution to the economy by freezing duty. As a result, revenues for the public purse are expected to increase. But now more needs to be done to support recovery, protect jobs and back British consumers.
Despite recent freezes, the tax burden on UK spirits is 70 per cent on a typical £14 bottle of gin or whisky.