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SIBA comments on the Scottish Brewers Support Fund

Commenting on the announcement of the Scottish Brewers Support Fund, SIBA Chief Executive James Calder said: “Beleaguered small breweries have been some of the hardest hit by the Covid pandemic and seen their sales drain away with the closure of pubs. In these tough times it is hugely welcome that the Scottish Government has listened […]

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SIBA respond to release of Government’s Small Brewers’ Relief Technical Consultation


“Today, the Treasury has published a long awaited technical consultation on the future of Small Breweries’ Relief. SBR has been, is and will continue to be the foundation of the independent craft beer movement in the UK. It has enabled small brewers to compete and grow against the global giants that dominate. SBR has created jobs, new businesses, […]

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SIBA’s response to the Chancellor’s financial support and lockdown 3

Responding to the latest lockdown restrictions and financial support, SIBA Chief Executive, James Calder said: “This is simply the next blow after months of struggle for England’s community pubs and small breweries. For the first time in lockdown the Government intends to ban takeaway alcohol sales which have been a lifeline to these small businesses. […]

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Over 100 MPs tell Chancellor: ‘Now is not the time for the Government to turn its back on our small breweries’

A cross party group of MPs, including former Pubs Minister Andrew Percy, are today calling on the Chancellor to reconsider changes to a scheme which has transformed the small brewing sector in the UK. In a letter signed by 103 MPs, they argue that altering Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) will put a great British success […]

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SIBA backs cross-industry campaign calling on the Government to relax restrictions on pubs

SIBA have joined a coalition of industry partners including the British Beer and Pub Association, British Institute of Innkeeping, the Campaign for Real Ale, the Independent Family Brewers of Britain and UKHospitality to launch the #PubsMatter campaign to remind politicians and the media just how important pubs are to local communities across the UK. “Pubs and beer are intrinsically linked and SIBA are fully backing the cross-industry call on Government to relax […]

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Brewers ‘raise a glass’ to newly announced £1.8m support package for breweries suffering under Covid lockdown

Responding to today’s announcement by the Scottish Government of a new £185 million package of support, including £1.8m ring-fenced for breweries, James Calder Chief Executive of SIBA said: “Small brewers in Scotland will today be raising a glass to news of a £1.8m package of targeted support specifically for breweries. SIBA have been working directly […]

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SIBA calls for supermarket biz rate relief to be given to pubs and brewers

Today, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling upon the Government to redistribute the £585m in business rate relief returned by Tesco’s to 40,000 pubs and 2,000 breweries that have suffered hardest during the crisis. This fund could provide each pub and each brewery in the country with up to £14,000 each, helping them […]

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Society of Independent Brewers say £1,000 December grant is a ‘derisory gesture’ for struggling wet-led pubs

“Today’s £1,000 grant is a derisory gesture for wet led pubs that have struggled throughout this crisis. During the Christmas period many of these pubs would expect to take £1000 in a couple of hours. These pubs never benefitted from the much-lauded hospitality VAT cuts, which don’t include alcohol, and the Eat Out To Help […]

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