VICTORIA WELCOMES NEW DATA SHOWING BANBURY TO BE IN TOP 10% OF PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES FOR NUMBER OF PUBS

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Victoria Prentis MP, attended an event in the House of Commons yesterday where new figures showing the impact of beer and pubs were unveiled by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA). The study was carried out by leading independent analysts, Oxford Economics.

In North Oxfordshire, the brewing and pub sector makes a huge economic contribution. Locally, the sector supports 2,151 jobs and provides £55m in value to the local economy, putting Banbury in the top 10% of constituencies. Across the country the sector supports almost 900,000 jobs and adds £23bn in value to the UK economy.

Victoria commented: “It is brilliant to hear that our pub and brewing industry has contributed so much to the local economy in North Oxfordshire. Pubs are often the heart of the community. I really enjoy meeting constituents during my pub tours, which I hold regularly across the constituency. My next one will be during the evening of Thursday 8 December in The Saxon Bicester.”

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, comments: “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.”