Call Time on Duty campaign recognised

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the Call Time on Duty campaign have been recognised with two awards at the London Wine Fair for successfully convincing the Chancellor to scrap the damaging alcohol duty escalator in Budget 2014.

WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale was presented with the Harpers Special Achievement award while the Call Time on Duty won the Drinks Business Best Trade Campaign.  

The Call Time on Duty campaign was led by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, the Scotch Whisky Association and The TaxPayers’ Alliance and was formed to halt years of damaging above-inflation duty increases.

Since the alcohol duty escalator was introduced in 2008, the duty on wine had increased by 54% and 44% for spirits undermining an important UK industry.

In presenting WSTA Chief Executive, Miles Beale with the Special Achievement award, Richard Siddle, editor of Harpers Wine & Spirits said “The Call Time on Duty made a difference like we have never seen before in the UK drinks trade.

While The Drinks Business described it as a “well-orchestrated campaign which won resounding support from the drinks trade and undoubtedly played a vital role in the UK Chancellor’s decision to halt the damaging alcohol duty escalator.”

WSTA Chief Executive, Miles Beale said:

“We are conscious that these awards are recognition of the industry-wide efforts of everyone involved in the campaign and would once again like to thank everyone who made their voice heard.”


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