Raising a glass to Midlothian’s brewing industry

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson and British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds OBE at Westminster.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson and British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds OBE at Westminster.

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The brewing and pub sector makes a huge economic contribution to Midlothian, new figures from a study commissioned by the British Beer and Pub Association show.

The sector supports 550 jobs and provides £16m in value to the local economy.

Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, recently attended an event in the House of Commons where the new figures showing the impact were unveiled by the BBPA. The study was carried out by leading independent analysts, Oxford Economics.

Across the UK, the sector supports almost 900,000 jobs and adds £23bn in value to the UK economy.

Mr Thompson said: “I welcome the publication of these figures from the BBPA, showing how much beer and pubs do matter in Midlothian. Our excellent local pubs and growing microbrewery sector are a major source of support to our local economy and employment, and bring us together socially in our local communities. Now I am even happier to enjoy a pint in Midlothian – responsibly, of course!”

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, added: “The economic impact brewing and pubs has on the UK economy is clear for all to see, but on a local level the large number of people earning a living from the trade has a huge impact. This new data drives home how important our sector is for a vibrant and thriving local economy, alongside the huge importance of pubs to our local communities.”