Brian Davidson appointed Scottish Beer & Pub President, succeeds Mark Baird

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association has appointed Punch Taverns’ Brian Davidson as its new President, succeeding Diageo’s Mark Baird, who steps down after a year in the role.

Brigid Simmonds, SBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“I am delighted to welcome Brian to the role of President of the SBPA.

“Through his role as Punch Taverns’ Operations Director for Scotland, Brian brings a wealth of experience in the Scottish pub trade to his new role as President of the SBPA, which I am sure will benefit the Association greatly, and I look forward to working with him.

“I would also like to thank Mark Baird for all his work as President of the SBPA for the last year, and for his many years of support whilst at Diageo, particularly around social responsibility initiatives. He will be very much missed.”

New SBPA President, Brian Davidson, adds:

“I am hugely honoured to be taking on the role of SBPA President. The Scottish beer and pub industry supports almost 60,000 jobs, and contributes over £1.7 billion to the economy of Scotland every year. As President, I will continue Mark’s work to ensure the Scottish beer and pub industry’s priorities remain at the top of the policy agenda here in Scotland.

“I’d like to thank Mark Baird for his contribution over the past year, and hope to build on his good work.” Outgoing SBPA President Mark Baird comments: “I would like to wish Brian all the best in his new role as President, and offer my congratulations. We all very much look forward to working with him as our new SBPA President.”

Outgoing SBPA President Mark Baird comments: “I would like to wish Brian all the best in his new role as President, and offer my congratulations. We all very much look forward to working with him as our new SBPA President.”

Scottish Beer & Pub Association launches economic report at Holyrood

 

Gordon MacDonald

A new report by economic experts Oxford Economics (OE), commissioned by the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), has found that the beer and pub industry in Scotland employs almost 60,000 people, and contributes over £1.7 billion to the national economy every year.

Launching the report to a group of MSPs last night in Kilderkin Pub on the Royal Mile, the SBPA said the figures highlight the importance of the industry to Scotland, and demonstrate the significant economic benefits that Scottish beer and pubs bring, especially around the employment of young people.

The statistics also demonstrated a continued high level of investment by the industry in Scotland, with £148 million provided in capital investment. However, the report also highlighted the astonishing tax bill hitting the industry, with almost £1 billion in taxes, each year.

Gail RossThe report’s statistics are broken down by Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions, allowing a detailed view of local impacts, as well as national.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“Our sector supports almost 60,000 vital jobs in Scotland, and it is particularly important that we can go on boosting employment, which is why further supportive measures for our industry are needed.

“This is especially crucial for young people, with 38 per cent of the industry workforce made up of under-25s. IvanMcKeebrewing and pubs are providing a part-time opportunity for some, a rewarding lifelong career for many, and experience and skills for all.

“It was fantastic being able to launch the report with a number of MSPs. It really illustrates the importance of our industry to the Scottish economy by showing the number of jobs it creates for their constituents and money in the local economy.

Gordon MacDonald MSP, who sponsored the event said:

“Prior to becoming an MSP, I spent a number of years in the industry, so I appreciate the importance of the industry and the economic benefits that it brings across Scotland. This report showcases that and also allows us to see the LiamKerrbenefits down to a local level, which is a fantastic resource. In my own constituency of Edinburgh Pentlands, 689 jobs are dependent on the industry and almost £17 million contributed in GVA.”

Adrian Cooper, Chief Executive Officer Oxford Economics, adds:

“Our analysis confirms that the beer and pub sector continues to be an important source of employment and output at a national and local level. Its activity generates a significant amount of tax contributions, investment and opportunities for young people to enter the labour market.”

A link to the full report is available here: SBPA Oxford Economics Report 2017

For regional and constituency breakdowns, please contact: ptogneri@beerandpub.com

Patrick Harvie