Cheers! Rugby’s pubs shown to be good for jobs

MP Mark Pawsey at the reopening of The George, Bilton. NNL-161121-133232001
MP Mark Pawsey at the reopening of The George, Bilton. NNL-161121-133232001

MP Mark Pawsey attended an event in the House of Commons last week to highlight the importance of the brewing and pub sector to Rugby’s economy.

Within the constituency, there are more than 80 pubs alongside a growing number of independent microbreweries.

According to new figures from a study commissioned by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) pubs and breweries support 1,539 jobs in the town and provide £48m in value to the local economy.

The study was carried out by leading independent analysts, Oxford Economics.

Mr Pawsey said: “Rugby has a great selection of pubs, with different events taking place every night.

“Local pubs are often the cornerstone of communities and our wide range of different pubs means that there is something for everyone.

“I was particularly pleased to have visited the George in Bilton earlier this year following its refurbishment and see the support it received from local residents.”

He added: “The report by the British Beer and Pub Association really highlights the important contribution that the sector makes for the local economy.

“One of the key findings is that nearly a third of the jobs provided in Rugby are for 16-24 year olds, giving many of them their first vital taste of the world of work.”