Following last night’s General Election, British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has made comment.
Simmonds said, “I want to congratulate all those elected, including many great friends of our industry. We also lost some great friends from all parties. I want to pay a particular tribute to Graham Evans, Chairman of the APPBG.
“I hope the current uncertainly can be quickly resolved, as there are many urgent issues that need attention. With the Brexit negotiations due to begin, I hope we can secure very swiftly the rights of existing EU staff in our sector, and begin to put in place arrangements that ensure we have access to the skills we need, and trade as freely as possible.'
Simmonds continued “We will play our part to attract UK based talent too. Whilst Brexit will bring opportunities as well as challenges, the sector needs a stable policy framework with no new and unnecessary costs and red tape.
'We are already dealing with a great many new costs and regulatory challenges this year, with a big increase in beer duty in the Budget, and unfair business rates, among others. We need a relentless focus on measures that actually help business to create jobs and growth.”