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SIBA respond to Covid passport scheme introduction in Scotland

“It is hugely disappointing the Scottish Government has moved ahead with restrictive Covid passports for hospitality venues across Scotland, hitting a sector which is just trying to find its feet. These restrictions will cause issues for venues of various sizes, including local beer festivals – many of which would hope to attract over five hundred […]

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SIBA responds to reports of forthcoming beer shortages from the global brewers due to planned industrial action

Responding to reports of forthcoming beer shortages from the global brewers due to planned industrial action, James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers said;  “Amid fears of taps running dry, pubs, bars and restaurants should look beyond mass-produced beers from the Globals and speak to their local independent breweries. Being local they […]

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SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2021 + Bottle & Can remote judging (Blog)

Background: SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2020 Under normal circumstances – remember those? – cask beer and bottled & canned beer from SIBA member breweries are judged at Regional beer awards across the UK, and the winners of these competitions go forward to the National final at BeerX UK in Liverpool. During the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020 the decision was made to […]

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SIBA respond to the publication by the Office of National Statistics of the impact of Covid-19 on the UK hospitality sector

“Today’s publication of the impact on the hospitality sector shows the continued toll on our struggling pubs and brewers devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic. With payments to businesses such as breweries only around half of its pre-pandemic levels and consumer spending at less than 70%, the sector needs further flexibility on VAT, beer duty and […]

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SIBA respond to publication of Government’s “Hospitality Strategy: Reopening, Recovery, Resilience”

Whilst the proposals are ‘very positive’, more needs to be done to support brewers, including the introduction of a differential duty rate for draught beer and positive reforms of Small Breweries Relief which don’t leave small independent brewers worse off. “It is very positive to see the Government tackling head-on the challenges that face the […]

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SIBA responds to PM’s plans for permanant ‘alfresco’ pavement licenses for pubs, bars and taprooms:

“One of the few positives for hospitality businesses over the last year and a half has been the relaxation of pavement licensing which has allowed more alfresco dining and drinking spaces to be created in our towns and cities. Making ‘alfresco’ pavement licenses permanent is a win for our community pubs and brewery taprooms that […]

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SIBA responds to Prime Minister’s confirmation on moving to step 4 of the Roadmap in England

Responding to the Prime Minister’s confirmation on moving to step 4 of the Roadmap in England, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) James Calder said: “Today the Prime Minister has finally given brewers and pubs the green light to lift the remaining hospitality restrictions on July 19th. Our sector should be hailed […]

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