SWA calls for UK government support

The Scotch Whisky Association has requested support from the Scottish government ahead of the UK General election in June and the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

The SWA believes that industry success must not be taken for granted by the government and that such backing is vital for a sector that makes a substantial contribution to the UK economy.

Julie Hesketh-Laird, SWA acting chief executive, said: "We are making a call for all candidates and political parties to show their support for Scotch Whisky - a strategically important industry for our economy.

"The continued success of the Scotch Whisky industry must not be taken for granted.”

According to the SWA, Scotch whisky adds around £5bn per year, generates more than £4bn in exports, supports more than 40,000 jobs and spends £1.7bn on its UK-based supply chain.

Hesketh-Laird added: "With ongoing Brexit uncertainty, the Scotch Whisky industry needs government action that matches its warm words and that enables the industry to grasp the challenges and opportunities which lies ahead.

“Support at home is needed to underpin and maintain our position as the world's leading spirit drink."