Two Beddington breweries have raised their fears about a proposed tax change with MP Elliot Colburn after gaining momentum on a petition.

Elliot Colburn recently visited Signal Brewery and Anspach and Hobday Brewery, at Valley Point Industrial Estate, to discuss their concerns about proposed changes to Small Breweries Relief.

The rate relief grants small breweries a 50 per cent reduction on the beer duty for those producing less than 5,000 hectolitres of beer in a year – which is about 900,000 pints.

It means that smaller breweries pay a more proportionate amount of tax on the small amount of beer they produce compared to the global giants.

However, there are concerns in the industry that, under the potential plans for changes announced by the Government in July, the 50 per cent threshold will be reduced, which will mean that over 150 small independent breweries across the UK will have to pay more tax while those larger in size will pay the same amount or even less.

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Jack Hobday, of Anspach and Hobday Brewery, decided to launch a petition which has already attracted more than 20,000 signatures.

Elliot Colburn plans to address concerns directly with the minister, with the petition being backed by the brewing trade body, the Society of Independent Brewers.

He said: "Small Breweries Relief has been a key part of their success, allowing them to compete against larger breweries.

“Jack’s petition is highlighting the concerns of all small breweries on this issue and I look forward to seeing it debated in Parliament once it passes the 100,000 signature threshold.”

Jack highlights how the change is a "big threat to small breweries across the country."

He said: "Our small brewers have created better competition, consumer choice, jobs, local investment and strengthened local communities.

"Please support the petition so we can see this debated in Parliament and can convince the Government to take a different path.”

To sign the petition visit at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/334066