BrewDog offers thoughts on amending the corporation tax system to boost growth and bring new investment to the UK
With Brexit looming large on the horizon, the UK is going to have to find new ways to remain competitive and ensure its businesses continue to drive its economy in an increasingly tough global environment.
We need to ensure this island nation that we call home does not crumble and fold, but instead builds a better future for all members of our society.
At BrewDog we help to fly the flag for the UK internationally and we export our world class craft beers to over 60 countries around the planet. We now also employ over 2,000 people and have created over 600 new jobs in 2018 alone.
Having been at the helm of a rapidly-expanding British business for the last decade, we have been considering how the government can ensure we continue to attract great new businesses to invest and create jobs in the UK, and how our existing business can continue to grow as this growth benefits everyone in our country.
We strongly believe that the best social policy ever created is a well-paying job and I further believe that our very, very best companies are better placed than the government to create jobs and drive the future growth of our economy.
We believe that we can change how corporation tax works in the UK, to better incentivise economic growth, to lead to significantly more job creation, and to increase the overall amount of tax which the government receives each year, and well as stimulate more spending in our economy to boot.
Re-investing tax rebate in growth
We would propose a new corporation tax system whereby any medium-sized UK business (for these purposes medium is defined as having turnover in excess of £10m or employing more than 50 people) that either increases its turnover or headcount by 30% or more in a financial year, does not pay any corporation tax for that financial year, provided it undertakes to re-invest that tax rebate fully in further growth in the following 12 months and commits to a 24-month dividend embargo.
For us, this not only incentivises businesses to grow and creates jobs, but also ensures that the incentive they receive is further re-invested to create more jobs and drive further growth. This would enable us to attract fantastic companies to locate in the UK, giving us an edge internationally, as well as creating jobs.
In addition, we would motivate the thousands of fantastic companies already in the UK to look to grow their businesses in what are uncertain economic times. Furthermore, through more income tax, national insurance, VAT, duties and increased spending, the government would also be in a net positive tax position with this change to corporation tax meaning everyone would benefit.
From our perspective, a company with a great track record for growth and job creation can use resources more effectively and efficiently than government to bolster our economy.
With a very simple change to corporation tax we believe we can create a better future and a more prosperous United Kingdom for everyone.