The number of distilleries in the UK grew by extra than 100 last year for the primary time ever, regardless of the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic on large parts of the hospitality enterprise.
Data from HM Income and Customs reveals that the number of distilleries in the UK has doubled in the last four years.
Lawful last year the number of rating new distilleries – openings minus closures – reach 124, up 28% on 2019.
The data was shared by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), which obtained it thru a Freedom of Information demand.
The organisation said there had been extra than 560 distilleries registered in the UK last year, up from extra than 440 in 2019.
The best number, 311, had been explain in England.
In 2016, England overtook Scotland – which has a major whisky enterprise – because of a voice in demand for gin across the UK.
“It’s heartwarming to rating a clear record from the gloom of 2020 – and our bold and rising band of distillers have delivered once again,” said WSTA chief govt Miles Beale.
“The record number of new distilleries opening across the UK is great news and helps provide jobs and a real increase to local economies.”
However the sector peaceful wishes aid from the authorities thru the crisis, Beale said.
He called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to aid the sector continue to develop by slicing accountability and extending the lower in VAT for hospitality companies to incorporate alcoholic drinks.
The association also wants the VAT reduction across hospitality venues to be prolonged until March 2022 at the least.
Beale added: “With such a challenging 2020 at the back of us and a daunting challenge to improve in 2021, our distillers want the toughen of the Chancellor at the upcoming Budget.
“Distillers across the UK will play a vital objective in 2021 and beyond as hospitality begins to start up again, and by displaying his toughen for distillers at the Budget, the Chancellor can also promote the hospitality enterprise as it rebounds from Covid-19 restrictions.”