2020

British breweries ‘part of the fabric of hospitality’ and must be included in Government support measures

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement of further support for businesses under Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, the Society of Independent Brewers say British breweries are ‘part of the fabric of hospitality’ and must be included in Government measures. “Today’s extension of the JSS scheme announced by the Chancellor will help retain jobs in pubs and bars […]

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Society of Independent Brewers respond to Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of lockdown in Scotland

“The new Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of the lockdown in Scotland to November will further drive hospitality over the edge; and without Government support for the independent breweries that supply 80% of their beer to pubs which are being forced to shut we are likely to see continued brewery closures. It […]

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SIBA comment on the announcement by the Welsh Government to introduce a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown in Wales

Commenting on the announcement by the Welsh Government to introduce a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown in Wales, James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers said: “The mounting speculation over the last week that Wales was about to move into a circuit breaker lockdown has already caused pubs to put a halt on orders from […]

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SIBA Chairman Ian Fozard responds to the Prime Minister’s Statement announcing new lockdown measures

“Small independent breweries have been running on empty for months and these new local lockdown measures, without proper financial support, will lead to more job losses and further business closures. “Brewery sales have collapsed because of the uncertainty of further restrictions, as pubs fear they will be closed. While pubs that are legally closed are […]

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Rishi’s £5 Million Bar Tab needs to be paid to save small breweries

Small independent brewers have today called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to pay his £5 million ‘bar tab’ as businesses devastated by lockdown measures continue to struggle through the Covid crisis. Given the lack of Government support and expected new regional lockdown measures, brewers can no longer afford to pick up the Treasury’s tab. It’s estimated […]

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The Drinks Trust’s ‘Brewery Workers End of Furlough Grant’

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the drinks and hospitality industries, and our colleagues in the brewing industry have been hit hard too. According to the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), brewing businesses lost as much as 80% of their trade overnight when pubs, bars and restaurants were closed in March. Additionally, the brewing […]

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Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd purchased by Marketing Management Services Ltd

Marketing Management Services Ltd (MMS) have today purchased Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd (FFD) from the company’s prior majority shareholder SIBA Commercial Services Ltd, following a competitive tender process. Nina Bates remains in place as minority shareholder. The value of the transaction was by reference to FFD’s current net asset value but the consideration has not […]

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