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Burton v Bury St Edmunds in beer capital battle

Saturday 12th March 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)

BURTON is the second largest constituency in the country for employment and revenue in the brewing industry, new data has revealed.

Information disclosed at a meeting chaired by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths also showed the town has the seventh highest economic impact from beer and pubs and is the only town in the top 200.

The other places are occupied by cities.

Statistics compiled by the Oxford School of Economics illustrate the economic contribution of the beer and pubs sector, and the brewing industry.

Members of the British Beer and Pub Association met at Westminster to discuss the new figures drawn up by Andy Logan, senior economist at Oxford Economics.

It shows the top 20 constituencies with the highest economic contribution from the brewing industry.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk — home to brewer Greene King and several smaller operations — comes out top for the simple reason that its brewing industry employs more people than Burton — 2,186.

However, it is Burton which wins overall with fewer employees directly employed in brewing — 1,985 — but with almost £3 million more spent on wages a year than its southern rival, with a total of £54.9 million paid out by Burton’s breweries.

And with a gross value added total of £83.6 million, brewing also brings almost £20 million more in revenue into Burton than Bury St Edmunds.

The statistics also revealed the economic contribution of the beer and pubs sector through a regional and local analysis.

Burton comes in seventh place overall, but was second for both wages and gross value added and is the only town, opposed to a large city, to feature in this top 20 category.

The tourist capital of the UK, the Cities of London and Westminster, unsurprisingly came out on top with an employment of 11,183, paying £150.3 million in wages leading to a gross value added of £300.9 million.

It was followed by the major cities Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

As the only town, Burton employs 4,529 people overall in the beer and pub sectors, with wages of £76.3million, and revenue of £146million.

Mr Griffiths said: “Burton is the second biggest constituency in the country for employment and revenue for the brewing industry.

“This shows what we already know — that Burton is the home of brewing and beer. I am proud that this fine trade not only supports our heritage but supports our future.”

“It is important that as a Government we do everything we can to support the beer and the pub industry.”

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