Pubs brewing a big workforce

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MORE than 2,000 direct jobs are provided through the pub trade in Northumberland, new research shows.

Data has been gathered by experts at Oxford Economics to show the employment benefits of the industry nationwide on behalf of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

The results show that across the North East 23,012 direct jobs are provided in the sector, with 2,313 pubs and 31 breweries.

In the Berwick constituency, which stretches as far as Morpeth, 740 people are employed in the industry, including 360 under the age of 25, while there are 121 pubs and one brewery.

The Hexham constituency, which includes Ponteland, boasts 106 pubs and five breweries, providing 920 jobs, and 443 of those workers are under the age of 25. And in Wansbeck 66 pubs are listed, along with one brewery, providing 535 jobs, with 258 of those for young people.

The BBPA is calling on the Government not to increase Beer Tax in the Budget.

Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “Beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people. We cannot afford another Beer Tax increase.

“The Chancellor should recognise the vital role the industry plays in providing job opportunities for people of all ages in every community, but especially among young people. We need a duty freeze in the Budget and I hope all MPs will make the case for pubs and jobs.”