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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SIBA warns ‘Breweries and wet-led pubs are once again being left behind by the Chancellor’s measures’

Responding to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Coronavirus financial support announcement today, James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers: “The Chancellor’s announcement that a new job support scheme for people in work will be introduced from November is welcome and will protect jobs, however it does not address the serious issues facing the brewing […]

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SIBA warns that Government’s ‘warning shot’ puts pubs and brewers wrongly in the firing line

Commenting on the restrictions announced last night James Calder, Chief Executive of SIBA said: “A new week and new rules for pubs who have diligently implemented guidance to make their venues COVID secure without receiving further financial support. After a month of being encouraged to support the hospitality trade the public is now being warned […]

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