There is still time to make sure your voice is heard in the industry’s bid to get the Chancellor to finally Call Time On Duty and scrap the duty escalator on wine and spirits in the 2014 Budget. Harpers has teamed up the Wine & Spirit Trade Association to give wine producers and drinks manufacturers the chance to take part in the Call Time On Duty campaign and make the government aware of the serious concerns they have about the alcohol duty levels in the UK. Here’s how you and your supplier can get involved.

Ask your MP to tell the Chancellor: CALL TIME ON YOUR ALCOHOL SUPER TAX! We have drafted an open letter for producers of wine and spirits to give their support to an industry-wide campaign to get the Chancellor of the Exchequer to halt the duty escalator of alcohol in the 2014 Budget.

Producer Letter Letter to your MP

The campaign is centred on a report by Ernst & Young that has found that ending the escalator will bring £230m to the Treasury and create 6,000 jobs. Harpers Subscribers can log in and read the report, click here.


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WSTA's Miles Beale gears up for the next battle to cut wine duty Subscription

04 Jul 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Fresh from victory in the battle against hiking alcohol duty ever-upwards, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s chief executive is already champing at the bit to secure a fair duty level next time around.

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WSTA's Miles Beale wins Harpers Special Achievement award for Call Time on Duty campaign

03 Jun 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association, has been awarded with a Special Achievement award at tonight’s Harpers Awards for the leadership he showed in driving the Call Time on Duty campaign which resulted in the duty escalator on wine and spirits being scrapped in the 2014 Budget.

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Scrapping duty escalator will benefit wine and spirits trade by £175m

19 Mar 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Scrapping the duty escalator and freezing spirits duty will boost the wine and spirits trade to the tune of £175 million, says the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

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