Commenting on the announcement that The Chancellor has frozen taxes on beer and cider, Will Hawkley, head of leisure said:
“This is a welcome move for the industry which is facing increasing costs in other areas particularly around the National Living Wage. With increases to the personal tax allowance, a further freeze on fuel duty and a rise in the threshold for higher income tax, consumers will have increased disposable income which could really benefit the pub and restaurant industry if they are able to capitalise on this.
“With the additional announcement that the threshold for business rates will be more than doubled for small businesses, independent publicans and restauranteurs will see this as a step in the right direction, but may have wished for more.”
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