Scotch Whisky industry working with government to benefit UK economy
06 Nov 2015
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) today met Lord Dunlop,
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office, and
other UK Government departments to discuss how everyone can work
together to encourage economic growth.
The meeting at the Scotland Office in London was an opportunity
for the SWA, including chief executive David Frost, to discuss the
Scotch Whisky industry's success in exporting across the globe,
what can be done to further grow its overseas trade and how other
sectors can learn from such achievements.
This week's figures revealed that the signs are positive for
Scotch Whisky exports with a return to growth on the horizon. There
is clear evidence that the recent decline in Scotch Whisky is
slowing, with industry exports in the first half of the year
totalling £1.7 billion. Although this represented a decline in the
value exports of 3% on the first six months of 2014, it is a much
smaller fall than the 11% experienced between the first half of
2013 and last year. Despite economic headwinds and political
uncertainty in some markets, premium blends and Single Malt Scotch
Whisky continue to become ever more popular. Single Malt exports
were up 5% to £406 million in the first half of this year.
Due to the global scale of the Scotch whisky industry it is
vital that a wide range of UK Government departments are abreast of
current challenges and opportunities faced by Scotch
producers. A number of UK Government departments, including
the Treasury, DECC and Defra, today discussed the outlook for
Scotch Whisky and what more can be done to support such a British
success story. Thought was also given to how the industry can
collaborate with other sectors, especially in food and drink, to
encourage exports, particularly to emerging markets.
David Frost, SWA chief executive, said: "We had a very
constructive meeting with Lord Dunlop and his colleagues.
"They are aware that others can learn from the success of Scotch
Whisky, which adds £5 billion a year in value to the UK economy and
supports 40,000 jobs.
"We already receive excellent support for the industry from
government, but it was a chance to discuss what more can be done,
for example, in the areas of taxation and opening up markets. It
was also an opportunity for Whitehall departments to learn of some
of the lesser known work that the Scotch Whisky industry undertakes
to promote responsible drinking and environmental
"We will be meeting regularly to share our thoughts on the
industry and the wider economy."
Lord Dunlop, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the
Scotland Office, said: "The UK Government's job is to make sure
Scotland is as innovative, prosperous and as successful as it can
be. We are helping a wide range of sectors in Scotland in different
ways, from creating platforms for export to protecting geographical
indication for Scottish products and preventing the passing off of
inferior products in markets around the world. We all know the
Scotch Whisky industry has an iconic place in our economy as well
as making a huge contribution to employment. I look forward to
working closely with the SWA and others in future to ensure its
Notes to editors
Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head of communications, 0131 222
9230/07432 605385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org