Jo Swinson MP has welcomed a report outlining the Scotch whisky industry’s significant contribution to the UK economy at a reception in Parliament.
The Scotch whisky industry adds almost £5 billion in value every year to the UK economy, with whisky producers spending £1.8bn on suppliers – 90% of that expenditure in the UK. 10,900 people are directly employed by an industry which supports a further 30,000 jobs across the UK through the supply chain.
Ken Moran, General Manager of Guala Closures in Kirkintilloch, was at the reception. Guala Closures, which employs 200 people locally, are world leaders in the manufacturing of bottle caps and closures for a range of products, in particular supporting the Scottish whisky industry.
Jo said: “I was delighted to meet people from the Scotch Whisky industry in Parliament to discuss how vital this sector is to the entire UK economy. Locally we have a major supplier to the industry in Guala Closures, who I was pleased to visit last year and see first-hand how they were growing and recruiting local apprentices. It was good to see that Guala Closures and Ken Moran were able to demonstrate the contribution of East Dunbartonshire to this industry at the parliamentary reception.”
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association Chief Executive, said: “Scotch Whisky is a high-quality, much-loved drink with a global reputation. The new report shows just how significant the industry is to the wider UK economy”.
* The full Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK report can be read here: /media/70534/economic_impact_20pp_web_v2.pdf