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The impetus behind the recent rise in brewers was the introduction in 2002 by Gordon Brown of the "small breweries" relief scheme, also known as Progressive Beer Duty (PBD).
Firstly progressive beer duty, which is a government tax break for smaller brewers, which allows them to compete with the economies of scale of the larger breweries.
The last year of development also saw the brewery go through the cut-off point for the Progressive Beer Duty.
The success of small breweries has been put down to progressive beer duty (PBD) - a government tax break for smaller brewers.
Buoyed by Gordon Brown's progressive beer duty, small independent brewers have been springing up all over the land to fill the gaps left by the closure of bigger regional producers.
Highgate itself is one of a new generation of small breweries buoyed up by Progressive Beer Duty - the legislation that charges lower rates of tax for breweries that operate below a certain volume.
Microbreweries are normally small companies which benefit from the Government's progressive beer duty relief.
The finding was revealed by Dr Geoff Pugh and John Wyld, from Staffordshire University's Business School, together with David Tyrall, from the Open University, and published in an article entitled Will Progressive Beer Duty Really Help UK Small Breweries?