A long-awaited report reveals that shooting’s contribution to the UK economy stands at some £2bn a year.
The Value of Shooting reveals that shooting supports the equivalent of 74,000 full-time jobs. People who shoot spend £2.5 billion each year on goods and services.
The figures show that the amount spent on shooting (£2.5bn) equals almost 10% of the total amount spent on outdoor recreation in a year.
Commenting on the figures, BASC chief executive Richard Ali said: “These figures show that shooting is good for the economy, good for jobs and good for the countryside – and we’re good at it as Olympic gold medals show. The contribution of shooting to the UK is clear. This should be recognised and greater effort should be made to ensure the good which shooting does is supported and encouraged with support from existing programmes and policies designed to promote business development, tourism, conservation and competitive sport.”