Brewing Members

SIBA offers brewing members a range of benefits, including Government lobbying, entry into our beer awards, compliance advice, a variety of brewery business tools, promotional opportunities and practical guides which pull together essential legislative advice for brewers on everything from bottle and can labelling, to dealing with changes in the law. To read the SIBA Members’ Charter please click here.

To join as a Brewing Member click here


SIBA Membership Benefits: Delivering for Brewers

SIBA has listened to member and non-member breweries alike to launch our Delivering for Brewers initiative which builds on the existing benefits of being a SIBA Member – including Government lobbying, beer awards, compliance advice and much more – with new brewery business tools, promotional opportunities and practical guides which we have created in direct response to feedback from brewers being launched throughout the year.

Below you will find a brief summary of some of the ways in which SIBA are Delivering for Brewers, but if you have any questions or would like to know more about joining SIBA then click here to email our membership team.

GOVERNMENT LOBBYING: BREWERS’ VOICES ARE BEING HEARD 

SIBA continues to lobby on behalf of members and upped its game during 2018/2019 pushing forward the SIBA Proposal on Small Brewers Relief, meeting more politicians and policy makers to make sure brewers’ voices are heard. Following a duty freeze in January 2019 which could have seen Britains brewer’s be hit by £100m, SIBA will continue to defend SBR at current levels whilst lobbying for positive reform. 

AWARDS: SIBA INDEPENDENT BEER AWARDS & BUSINESS AWARDS

SIBA’s Independent Beer Awards take place throughout the UK, with 8 Regional competitions and a national final held at BeerX UK each year. As well as gaining valuable local and national press coverage, award winning beers have the opportunity to participate in the SIBA Taste of Champions catalogue which will raise the profile of your business and products to a number of leading retailers both in the on and off trade. 

The SIBA Business Awards seek to congratulate excellence in the brewing industry across a variety of categories, from pump clip, can and bottle design, to efforts taken by brewers to make their business more eco-friendly or to support their local community. For more information visit www.siba.co.uk/businessawards

LEGAL HELPLINE: FREE ADVICE FROM EXPERIENCED SOLICITORS 

As with all manufacturing industries, breweries are unfortunately open to a variety of legal issues. To help protect your brewing business SIBA has partnered with Napthens solicitors to ensure members receive the best advice from a firm with a wealth of experience. All members are eligible for one hour’s free legal advice. 

PROMOTION : MARKETING SIBA BREWERIES 

The SIBA COMMS Team work with selected Trade Shows and industry events – such as Imbibe Live, Ei Road Shows, the British Guild of Beer Writers Dinner, The Michelin Guide Launch – in order to raise the profile of our members and help engage the right people with the fantastic independent craft beers you brew. 

COMPLIANCE: FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE FROM PROFESSIONAL BREWING BUSINESSES 

Recognised as a minimum standard by a number of leading companies within the Industry, the SIBA Food Safety Quality Audit continues to be adopted by a number of Brewing Members who do not hold an alternative accreditation. To assist Brewers in becoming compliant, tools such as HACCP, Traceability and Health & Safety are made available to all Brewing Members via the Toolbox. 

PRACTICAL GUIDE TO LABELLING & MORE

As part of SIBA’s ongoing Delivering for Brewers initiative we are launching new business tools, guides and opportunities every month throughout the year. The first of these was a comprehensive labelling guide which advises on what is and isn’t needed on your bottle, can, cask and keg labels – including allergen advice, ABV, alcohol consumption advice and much more. This guide and all future ‘Delivering for Brewers’ items will be made free of charge to SIBA Members.

NEWS & COMMUNICATIONS: KEEPING MEMBERS UP TO SPEED 

Every quarter SIBA Members receive a copy of the SIBA Journal through the post. Featuring industry news and guest articles from some of the UK’s best beer writers, as well as interviews, meet the brewer and business profiles, the SIBA Journal is your portal to the wider world of independent brewing. 

Weekly you also receive ‘Brewing in Brief’, which drops into members’ email inboxes
to give a snapshot of the weeks industry news, SIBA internal news and important dates for the diary! 

CHAMPIONING INDEPENDENCE : FIGHTING FOR ASSURED INDEPENDENT BRITISH CRAFT BREWERS 

SIBA’s ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ seal can only be used by Full SIBA member breweries like you
who are independent, relatively small, and brewing quality beer as assured by the SIBA Food Safety & Quality standard.

The seal is a unique USP in a crowded beer market and resonates with consumers, with more than half saying they would be more likely to buy a beer which carries the seal. 

BEERX UK : FREE ENTRY TO THE UK’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT CRAFT BREWING TRADE SHOW 

BeerX UK is the UK’s biggest and best independent craft brewing event, with a huge trade-only showcase of award-winning beers, an ever expanding trade show of hundreds of the best beer industry suppliers, as well as a packed schedule of seminars, panel debates and workshops. 

Brewing & Not Yet Brewing Members are entitled to 1 Free of Charge Ticket to SIBA’s Annual event BeerX UK – BeerX UK 2020 is certainly not to be missed! 

BEERFLEX: SELL YOUR BEER INTO THE UK’S BIGGEST PUB CHAINS

BeerFlex DDS currently buys over 3,500 draught and bottled beers from around 450 participating SIBA brewers and sells them on to national pub company customers of Beerflex and off trade retailers – companies with which, until the establishment of BeerFlex, brewers of local beers found it extremely difficult to trade.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of SIBA, BeerFlex DDS operates without profit and ensures that its customers – over 2,300 pubs and stores across Britain – receive the best possible prices, delivered in the freshest, most cost effective and environmentally friendly way.

CLASSIFIED ADS

Our Classified Ads section on the website allows members the opportunity to advertise products and services and also gives members the chance to search for products and services they may require. For example, brewing equipment for sale can be listed here, job vacancies can be posted or members can look for Supplier Associate Member promotions. Just select the ‘Classifieds’ tab on our website for more information or go to www.siba.co.uk/classifieds

REGIONAL MEETINGS

SIBA’s eight regions host Regional Meetings throughout the year which allow SIBA members the opportunity to network with other brewers and suppliers, as well as speak to members of the SIBA Senior Management Team regarding anything to do with SIBA Nationally.

Regional meetings are a great place to network, ask questions and raise any ideas or concerns you may have regarding regional operations, SIBA nationally, or brewing itself. The meetings are informal but informative!

ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE DATA, FIGURES, PLUS THE SIBA BRITISH CRAFT BEER REPORT

Regional meetings are a great place to network, ask questions and raise any ideas or concerns you may have regarding regional operations, SIBA nationally, or brewing itself. The meetings are informal but informative!

To join as a Brewing Member click here

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