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SWA aims to promote and facilitate communication and understanding between the industry members and various government departments.

Scotch Whisky Industry manifesto - 2024

Download the 2024 Scotch Whisky manifesto here

People | Planet | Prosperity

We want all the parties to champion our great exports like Scotch Whisky, ensuring it has the support it needs in the UK to deliver the growth and investment to see it flourish, deliver on its sustainability objectives, and play a leading role in promoting Scotland and the UK around the world.

Our manifesto asks candidates to commit to:

  • Accelerate sustainable Scotch: provide a focused solution from government on grid connectivity and the capacity to support increased decarbonisation and access to the energy grid.
  • Support Scotch in our biggest market: our industry needs the permanent removal of the 25% tariffs on Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the United States. The suspension of those tariffs is due to expire in June 2026 and their permanent removal, ensuring the industry is not hit again with punitive tariffs in trade disputes, is vital.
  • Back growth and investment at home: Reduce the excise duty burden on spirits to the EU average by the end of the Parliament, which will support our industry to invest, grow our exports and our workforce, and deliver increased revenue to the Treasury.

Follow the SWA on X to learn more about our asks of Parliamentary candidates, and ensure that the government supports Scotch Whisky at home, abroad and for its long-term future.

Our ongoing engagement across Westminster and Holyrood

Scottish Parliament

The SWA is active in the Scottish Parliament, ensuring that views across the industry are understood and taken into consideration by MSPs and Ministers.

This includes important issues like infrastructure, digital connectivity, environmental protection and tourism.


The SWA has a permanent office in the heart of Westminster to ensure that industry priorities are understood by Members of Parliament and various UK government departments.

As we represent a global industry, the SWA ensures that MPs and Ministers understand the Scotch Whisky industry’s global trade priorities and often travel with UK government delegations to key global markets.

Tax on Scotch Whisky in the UK is also controlled by the UK government. The SWA campaigns for fairer tax on Scotch Whisky in our home market.

In April 2024, Ivan McKee's motion S6M-11787 was taken to the chamber in Scottish Parliament. Titled 'Celebrating Scotland's Iconic Scotch Whisky Industry', a number of MSPs took part to highlight the work being done in their constituencies and across Scotland within the sector.

Cross Party Group (CPG)

The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Scotch Whisky promotes a better understanding of the Scotch Whisky industry to members of the Scottish Parliament. The industry is key to Scotland’s economy through exports, employment and tourism, but also plays an important role in achieving Scotland’s ambitious environmental targets and tackling alcohol misuse.

This group provides the forum to discuss these important issues with MSPs from all parties alongside key people from within the Scotch Whisky industry.

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For information on issues relating to Scottish Parliament:

Please contact: Susanne Cameron-Nielsen, SWA Head of Engagement

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Scotch Whisky aims to promote and facilitate communication and understanding between representatives from the Scotch Whisky and spirits industry and Members of Parliament at Westminster.

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In 2019 we celebrated Scotch Whisky and the industry's contribution to the Scottish and UK economies with MPs at the House of Commons.

For information on issues relating to Westminster and the UK Government:

Please contact:  Fraser Grieve, SWA Deputy-Director, Strategy & Communications

Why #SupportScotch?

The Scotch Whisky Association represents an iconic domestic manufacturing industry with global reach. With over 90 member companies representing over 95% of production – from small, family businesses to international brands – we are the voice of strategically important sector for the Scottish and wider UK economies.  

The Scotch Whisky industry

  • Exports 44 bottles of Scotch Whisky per second, worth £5.6bn in 2022
  • Adds £7.1bn in Gross Value Added to the economy, of which £5.3bn is generated in Scotland
  • Supports over 66,000 jobs across the UK, including 41,000 in Scotland (14,000 of which are in rural areas)
  • Has invested more than £2bn in capital expenditure since 2018

UK General Election 2024

Learn more about the SWA's manifesto for the 2024 General Election, and our ask of candidates to pledge to #SupportScotch

Engagement news & commentary

06 May 2024

SWA comments on SNP leadership election results

Following the outcome of the 2024 SNP leadership contest, the SWA has congratulated John Swinney

16 January 2024

Scotch Whisky boosts UK economy by £7.1bn

New Report shows value of Scotland’s national drink in driving economic growth

15 April 2023

‘Keep The Commitment’ Campaign Launched Following Tax Hike in Budget

The Scotch Whisky industry calls on the UK government to uphold their pledge to “ensure the tax system is supporting Scottish Whisky”

27 March 2023

SWA comments on SNP leadership election results

Following the outcome of the SNP leadership elections, the SWA has congratulated Humza Yousaf

24 July 2021

MPs and MSPs visit Scotch Whisky sites as part of Countdown to COP Open Day

Marking 100 days to go until COP26, MPs and MSPs around the country visited Scotch Whisky sites to learn more about the industry's sustainability ambitions.

23 July 2021

100 Days Until COP26: Scotch Whisky Sites Showcase Sustainable Scotch

Scotch Whisky sites have opened their doors to showcase the industry's sustainability efforts, 100 days ahead of COP26.

23 March 2020

Scotch Whisky Industry Seeks Clarity on Business Support

The Scotch Whisky industry is seeking urgent assurances from Ministers on aspects of the government's business support package, announced last week as a result of the economic disruption being caused by COVID-19.

28 January 2020

Trade bodies urge end of tariffs on transatlantic whiskies

Spirits trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic have united to urge US and UK governments to remove tariffs on whiskies.

21 January 2020

Scotch Whisky's key priorities in the 2020 Scottish Budget

The Scotch Whisky Association has laid out the five priority areas for the Scottish Government to support the industry in the forthcoming Scottish Budget on 6th February