Pubs bring a £70m boost to the town

This Is Wiltshire: The Dockle Farmhouse’s managers Nicole Calver and Paul Pearson The Dockle Farmhouse’s managers Nicole Calver and Paul Pearson

THE contribution made by the pub industry to the town’s economy was revealed in new figures out last week.

Swindon has a total of 131 pubs, as well as three breweries, which between them provide more than 2,400 jobs. A further 1,000 are added if indirect jobs are included.

Just under half the jobs are filled by those under 25 and the majority are part time but almost 900 positions offer full-time employment. More than £40m is paid in tax and the economic output of the town’s pubs is estimated to be in the region of £70m.

The figures were released by British Beer and Pub Association, which says the totals show the industry’s vital role in the economy, a point which is backed up by pub managers.

Paul Pearson and Nicole Calver are the joint managers of the Dockle Farmhouse, in Bridge End Road, and both started off as glass collectors and worked their way up the ladder.

Paul believes a lot of people misunderstand the pub industry and do not realise the economic benefit they bring to the town.

He said: “The trade gives young people a great chance to get into work, as we can take people on from as young as 16 in jobs such as glass collecting.

“It provides them with several hours of paid work a week in between studies while giving them experience which they can use in later life.

“It is hard work as well a lot of the time so it can help to instil a good work ethic.” On top of the jobs, Paul says pubs also pay their way through taxes and duties.

“I think there is a misconception about the industry these days,” he said. “More than 50 per cent of our business is food.

“We have to pay VAT on that, unlike a lot of supermarkets, as well as beer duties. “As well as the financial side, pubs also have benefits to the community such as providing a place for people to socialise.”

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson says he understands the importance of the pub trade.

He said: “This industry is important to the economy both through direct employment and through the supply chain.

“As a member of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group I regularly raise the impact pubs have. “It provides young people with flexible job opportunities and many get career opportunities from it.”

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8:17am Mon 10 Feb 14

Al Smith says...

3 breweries? I can only think of Arkells and The Weighbridge.
3 breweries? I can only think of Arkells and The Weighbridge. Al Smith

9:16am Mon 10 Feb 14

Wildwestener says...

Al Smith wrote:
3 breweries? I can only think of Arkells and The Weighbridge.
There's a micro-brewery in Cricklade which they may have counted.
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: 3 breweries? I can only think of Arkells and The Weighbridge.[/p][/quote]There's a micro-brewery in Cricklade which they may have counted. Wildwestener

10:46am Mon 10 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

Strange how Mr Tomlinson says pubs are important yet his Government keeps piling on regulation and legislation which is closing pubs.
Strange how Mr Tomlinson says pubs are important yet his Government keeps piling on regulation and legislation which is closing pubs. RichardR1

10:47am Mon 10 Feb 14

adsinibiza says...

Just a shame that so many of the jobs are minimum wage and that people who work in the trade are are looked down upon
Just a shame that so many of the jobs are minimum wage and that people who work in the trade are are looked down upon adsinibiza

11:00am Mon 10 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

Hurray for alcohol!
Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.
Hurray for alcohol! Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze. Hmmmf

11:16am Mon 10 Feb 14

swindondad says...

adsinibiza wrote:
Just a shame that so many of the jobs are minimum wage and that people who work in the trade are are looked down upon
With the adult minimum wage (£6.31) being so high most entry level jobs in all fields are now paid at that rate.

I do not look down on anyone just because of the job they do.
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: Just a shame that so many of the jobs are minimum wage and that people who work in the trade are are looked down upon[/p][/quote]With the adult minimum wage (£6.31) being so high most entry level jobs in all fields are now paid at that rate. I do not look down on anyone just because of the job they do. swindondad

11:31am Mon 10 Feb 14

benzss says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Hurray for alcohol!
Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.
Hurray for booze

It makes people like you slightly less unbearable
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Hurray for alcohol! Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.[/p][/quote]Hurray for booze It makes people like you slightly less unbearable benzss

12:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Hurray for alcohol!
Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.
A little alcohol is harmless and in fact can be good for you. Smoking is bad full stop.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Hurray for alcohol! Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.[/p][/quote]A little alcohol is harmless and in fact can be good for you. Smoking is bad full stop. Davey Gravey

1:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

benzss wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
Hurray for alcohol!
Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.
Hurray for booze

It makes people like you slightly less unbearable
And here was I thinking it was illegal substances you preferred.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Hurray for alcohol! Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.[/p][/quote]Hurray for booze It makes people like you slightly less unbearable[/p][/quote]And here was I thinking it was illegal substances you preferred. Hmmmf

1:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
Hurray for alcohol!
Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.
Hurray for booze

It makes people like you slightly less unbearable
And here was I thinking it was illegal substances you preferred.
Druggies tend to drink too. As others have said, in moderation its fine, its just the moron minority who abuse it and all the anti social behaviour and crime that goes with it.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Hurray for alcohol! Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.[/p][/quote]Hurray for booze It makes people like you slightly less unbearable[/p][/quote]And here was I thinking it was illegal substances you preferred.[/p][/quote]Druggies tend to drink too. As others have said, in moderation its fine, its just the moron minority who abuse it and all the anti social behaviour and crime that goes with it. house on the hill

1:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

benzss says...

Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
Hurray for alcohol!
Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.
Hurray for booze

It makes people like you slightly less unbearable
And here was I thinking it was illegal substances you preferred.
I can talk about the race without having a horse riding in it.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Hurray for alcohol! Until next week when Cherry Jones tells us about the nearly 4200 hospitalisations for 'alcohol-related harm' they expect this year, and the 50 children hospitalised for alcohol-specific treatment they're expecting. But until then, today's message is boo to smoking and hurrah for sweet, sweet booze.[/p][/quote]Hurray for booze It makes people like you slightly less unbearable[/p][/quote]And here was I thinking it was illegal substances you preferred.[/p][/quote]I can talk about the race without having a horse riding in it. benzss

3:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

But you can't seem to see the hypocrisy I was pointing out of a newspaper article decrying smoking on health grounds and then extolling the economic virtues of drinking in another.
But you can't seem to see the hypocrisy I was pointing out of a newspaper article decrying smoking on health grounds and then extolling the economic virtues of drinking in another. Hmmmf

10:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Phantom Poster says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Strange how Mr Tomlinson says pubs are important yet his Government keeps piling on regulation and legislation which is closing pubs.
Strange how you don't think anyone realises that you are not Robert Feal-Martinez,
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Strange how Mr Tomlinson says pubs are important yet his Government keeps piling on regulation and legislation which is closing pubs.[/p][/quote]Strange how you don't think anyone realises that you are not Robert Feal-Martinez, Phantom Poster

10:59pm Mon 10 Feb 14

adsinibiza says...

swindondad wrote:
adsinibiza wrote:
Just a shame that so many of the jobs are minimum wage and that people who work in the trade are are looked down upon
With the adult minimum wage (£6.31) being so high most entry level jobs in all fields are now paid at that rate.

I do not look down on anyone just because of the job they do.
I'm pleased to hear you don't - sadly to many people in the uk do. Having worked both here and abroard in the licensed trade I can say ut is different abroad - people who work in bars abroad are shwon more respect and that also is reflected in the pay!
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: Just a shame that so many of the jobs are minimum wage and that people who work in the trade are are looked down upon[/p][/quote]With the adult minimum wage (£6.31) being so high most entry level jobs in all fields are now paid at that rate. I do not look down on anyone just because of the job they do.[/p][/quote]I'm pleased to hear you don't - sadly to many people in the uk do. Having worked both here and abroard in the licensed trade I can say ut is different abroad - people who work in bars abroad are shwon more respect and that also is reflected in the pay! adsinibiza

8:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

semitonic says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Strange how Mr Tomlinson says pubs are important yet his Government keeps piling on regulation and legislation which is closing pubs.
Robbo, it's mainly only quiet little out-of-the-way smokestack pubs like yours (was) that are closing. People don't want to sit at a bar covered in UKIP literature and look at a shiny-headed Sontaran pulling pints of extremely expensive dishwater.

It's time to move on now Robbo, get over it.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Strange how Mr Tomlinson says pubs are important yet his Government keeps piling on regulation and legislation which is closing pubs.[/p][/quote]Robbo, it's mainly only quiet little out-of-the-way smokestack pubs like yours (was) that are closing. People don't want to sit at a bar covered in UKIP literature and look at a shiny-headed Sontaran pulling pints of extremely expensive dishwater. It's time to move on now Robbo, get over it. semitonic

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