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Engagement

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

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.

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


Westminster

The SWA has a permanent office in Knightsbridge Green, London to ensure that industry priorities are understood by Members of Parliament in Westminster 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.

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 80 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 £4.5bn in 2021
  • Adds £5.5bn in Gross Value Added to the economy
  • Supports over 42,000 jobs across the UK, including many in rural parts of the country
  • Invests over £1.8bn in our UK-wide supply chain

Scottish Parliamentary elections

Find out how Scottish Parliamentary candidates can support Scotch Whisky producers by backing the SWA's manifesto for the 2021 elections

Engagement news & commentary

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.

01 April 2021

Scotch Whisky Industry Sets Out Manifesto Ahead of Scottish Parliament Election

The Scotch Whisky industry has launched its manifesto for the Scottish Elections on 6th May.

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