January, 2021

SIBA Business Awards 2021 entry deadline extended to 28th February

The entry deadline for the SIBA Business Awards 2021 has been extended to the 28th February. The prestigious industry awards are open to entries from independent breweries, retailers, pubs, bars, restaurants and suppliers and this year’s awards include two new categories recognising the extraordinary resilience shown by the beer and brewing industry in the face […]

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Obituary: Mark Wallington 1944-2021

The SIBA team was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of long-serving SIBA Member and colleague Mark Wallington earlier this month. Mark was the Finance Director for SIBA from 2001-2009 and a familiar figure at SIBA events and competitions, and our thoughts are with his wife Wendy, family and friends. He will be greatly […]

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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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Nordic brewers help raise the bar for alcohol-free beer

Alcohol-free brewer, Big Drop, has teamed up with four leading Nordic breweries to launch a limited-edition range of 0.5% ABV collaboration brews. The range is the second in Big Drop’s ‘World Collab Series’, curated with renowned beer expert, Melissa Cole, and a showcase for demonstrating the heights that alcohol-free craft beer has reached. Big Drop […]

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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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Tryanuary Plans Change in Response to National Lockdown

Tryanuary to be extended beyond January, until the end of the current lockdown Addition of #TryanuaryatHome for use on social media Encouragement of people to get involved in Tryanuary online communities as part of their mental health and wellbeing A central online directory for beer businesses to promote their products and community events The Tryanuary […]

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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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