The pubs and brewing industry has urged the chancellor to help support the industry’s 900,000 jobs and £23bn contribution to the UK economy

Budget 2017

Budget: chancellor urged to protect ‘food industry bedrock’

By Mike Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget should protect the “bedrock” of the UK food industry, says the National Farmers Union (NFU), while business leaders urged him to help the nation “grow its way out of austerity”.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the Autumn Statement on November 23

Manufacturers praise ‘pragmatic’ Autumn Statement

By Matt Atherton

Manufacturing organisations welcomed chancellor Philip Hammond’s first and last “pragmatic” Autumn Statement this week (November 23), but insisted that work still needs to be done to cut business rates.

Food and drink manufacturers have given a mixed reception to the Chancellor's budget

Budget 2016

Food and drink firms give mixed response to budget

By Michelle Perrett

Food and drink manufacturers are still coming to terms with the budget proposal to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, while welcoming business rates reform but expressing disappointment on the failure to cut alcohol duties.

The Budget delivered bonuses and brickbats for the food and drink manufacturing industry, said industry groups

Budget 2015

The Budget: what it means for your business

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers will find points to praise and areas of disappointment in the chancellor George Osborne’s summer Budget – which he lauded as “a new contract with the nation”, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The chancellor's Autumn Statement drew a mixed reaction from industry commentators

Autumn statement gets praise and brickbats

By Michael Stones

Chancellor George Osborne’s last Autumn Statement before next year’s general election drew both praise and criticism from food manufacturers and economic commentators.

Chancellor George Osborne's Budget drew mainly bouquets from business leaders

Budget 2014

Budget greeted mainly with bouquets but one brickbat

By Michael Stones

Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget has been greeted mainly with bouquets, as business leaders praised action on energy prices and exports, while some expressed disappointment about his failure to cut fuel duty.

The budget drew a mixed reception from the food industry

Food industry gives budget a mixed reception

By Mike Stones

Food industry organisations have given a mixed reception to chancellor George Osborne’s budget – praising the new employer allowance but criticising lack of help for smaller firms and the retention of VAT on hot foods.

Missed Budget opportunity? Cutting diesel duty by 2.5p per litre would have created an extra 175,000 jobs with no loss of revenue to the Exchequer, claimed the Freight Transport Association

The Budget for food manufacturers – in quotes

By Mike Stones

As pundits continue to pick through the fine print of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget, we capture the implications for food and drink manufacturers in key quotes. There’s a a summary box too, listing the main points for food and drink firms.