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Scottish brewers welcome Brewers Support Fund

Today the Scottish Government has announced new funding to help small brewers impacted by the restrictions introduced to control the omicron variant. The Brewers Support Fund will provide direct support to small breweries in Scotland. Responding to the announcement, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), James Calder said: “Small brewers have been […]

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SIBA respond to ‘restrictive’ hospitality measures which will remain in place until the end of January

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have responded to the Scottish First Minister’s announcement that ‘restrictive’ hospitality measures will remain in place until the end of January: “It is disappointing the First Minister has kept the restrictive table-service only and one-metre distancing measures in place for Scottish hospitality businesses – measures which make profitability impossible for […]

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Society of Independent Brewers respond to Boris Johnson’s announcement of no further changes to restrictions in England

“It is reassuring for small independent breweries that the Prime Minister has committed to no further changes to restrictions in England. But for independent brewers and pubs the situation was and continues to be massively affected by the mixed messaging in December, which is normally the most important month of the year for hospitality. Pubs […]

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Brewers’ Support Fund needed to save small brewers hit by Covid restrictions

A new survey has today shown that 1 in 10 small brewers won’t survive a mooted two week Covid circuit breaker, with almost a third of brewers saying cash reserves will run dry within a month. Independent brewing trade body the Society of Independent Brewers say the Government must commit to properly supporting small brewing businesses across the […]

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SIBA say new restrictive Covid measures in Wales will ‘particularly harm small brewers’

“Today the Welsh Government has brought in the most restrictive measures in the UK, which will severely hit community pubs and small brewers at this critical time of the year. Table service and a reliance on ordering apps particularly harms small brewers as their beers are often hidden away compared to big brands, discouraging consumers […]

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SIBA response to new Covid restrictions in Scotland

Responding to latest Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland, SIBA CEO James Calder said: “Scottish pubs have gone out of their way to make themselves Covid secure throughout this pandemic and are often lower risk venues than the inevitable house parties that people will flock to as new restrictions are introduced. “Small brewers are reliant on community […]

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SIBA respond to Government support package which once again leaves out breweries

“Today the Chancellor has announced a comprehensive package for the hospitality sector and additional support for those in the supply chain, who have been explicitly recognised. It does however appear that breweries will once again not be guaranteed support and instead rely on an additional £100m discretionary fund through their local authorities.” “Under today’s announcement, […]

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Statement from SIBA the Society of Independent Brewers

“The silence from the Government today is deafening with no certainty on further restrictions or much needed support for hard hit brewers and pubs. The current uncertainty is keeping customers away from hospitality and without economic support for the hundreds of breweries and thousands of pubs that rely on December trading we will see many […]

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SIBA responds to latest Minister statement on Scottish Deposit Return Scheme

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Responding to the Scottish Minister’s statement today on the implementation of the Deposit Return Scheme, SIBA Scottish Director Jamie Delap said: “After many months of consideration, it is welcome that the Minister has today provided more certainty about the start date for Scotland’s ambitious Deposit Return Scheme. With a delay to August 2023 and a […]

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SIBA responds to Treasury publication of Small Breweries’ Relief changes

In response to the Treasury’s publication of the changes to Small Breweries’ Relief, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has issued the joint statement below from Chief Executive James Calder and SIBA National Chairman Roy Allkin. “After three years of deliberating, the Treasury has today announced far-reaching changes to Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) – at […]

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