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SIBA launches manifesto ahead of next General Election

Independent breweries are putting fairness at the heart of its policy platform for the next Government in a document launched last night in Parliament. In its manifesto, the Society of Independent Brewers and Associates (SIBA), which represents the UK’s small and independent breweries, has outlined the policies that could boost the sector over the next […]

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New partnership announced to help independent breweries move to Net Zero

A new partnership which aims to help independent breweries move towards Net Zero has been announced. The Society of Independent Brewers, which is the voice of small and independent breweries in the UK, has partnered with Zevero to help breweries to measure and reduce their environmental impact. Zevero, a leading carbon measurement and reporting platform, […]


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Grace period for small producers needed to prevent empty shelves from August under Deposit Return Scheme 

Scotland’s thousands of small producers lack the financial resources and capacity to meet the current deadlines for the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) according to a leading group of trade associations. They warn that without urgent changes by the Scottish Government to give small producers a legal grace period, where small producers can opt into the […]

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SIBA responds to Minister’s update on Deposit Return Scheme

Responding to the Minister’s published update on the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), along with the Independent Gateway Review, SIBA Scottish Regional Director Jamie Delap commented: “The Minister’s update today on DRS glosses over some of the fundamental issues facing the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme which are covered in damning detail in the Independent Gateway […]

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SIBA responds to announcement on registration and new producer fee for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

Today Circularity Scotland (CSL) has announced a new producer fee and opened registration for producers for the new Deposit Return Scheme being introduced in August 2023. In response, SIBA’s Scottish Regional Director Jamie Delap said: “Over the last three months small brewers have been calling for a number of changes to the scheme to reflect […]

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SIBA responds to the Scottish Government’s Emergency Budget Review

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Emergency Budget Review and the announcement on the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme, SIBA Scotland Director Jamie Delap said: “Scotland’s small independent brewers are currently operating on a knife edge trying to survive the combined impacts of energy bill increases and a cost of living crisis. They haven’t […]

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Small brewers left on the hook over incoming Deposit Return Scheme

Today marks one year before the Scotland Government intends to launch the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and Scottish small brewers face too many unanswered questions to start preparing. Independent brewers were hoping for clarity today as the scheme administrator, which will run DRS, announced the producer fee – a key element of the costs for […]

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Independent brewers across Wales urge Government to avoid pitfalls of adopting Scottish Deposit Return Scheme Wales’s small independent brewers have today written to the Welsh Government and Members of the Senedd, urging them to support small businesses by avoiding the pitfalls of Scotland’s much criticised Deposit Return Scheme. The letter, published today by the Society […]

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MSPs warn that Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme could ‘prove a very costly failure’ without urgent review

A new cross party report has warned that the chances of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) successfully going live on time, within its full scope, are vanishingly thin and unless serious defects are addressed the scheme will not succeed and may prove a very costly failure. The recycling scheme – which sees consumers charged a […]

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